WILVOS 5441 6200 hotline has had a number of squirrel gliders and sugar gliders come into care lately. It is so sad to see as their numbers have dwindled badly over the past years.
They are a species that suffer badly, as they all do, with habitat destruction. As a wildlife carer I have seen the glider species the most affected by the crazy irresponsible human habit of clear felling everything.
When the vegetation is cleared, gliders soon find their way into suburban gardens and unfortunately they are easy prey for our domestic pets. It is often the female glider with two young joeys in the pouch that succumb to cat attacks. The loss of three of these exquisite animals in one brief moment is so heartwrenching. Please buy or make a cat aviary for your pets.
WILVOS have had a challenging week maintaining the hotline. The system has worked well for 27 years, with each volunteer just diverting the number to the next one on the roster. Telstra, in their ever-surprising wisdom, decided to cut out the service without warning. It was panic stations when the poor volunteer couldn’t divert the phone, and Telstra’s response was just, “We don’t provide that service anymore!” Wow, when I see the efficiency of such companies I think we volunteers are incredibly brilliant!
I think most people can relate to the hours spent on the phone each day, with various departments, getting nothing but a list of reference numbers a metre long. Sylvia, our Chairperson, has gone a very light shade of grey this past week. Each diversion has been a drama.
WILVOS are lucky to have some wonderful volunteers with more brains than the multitudes of consultants spoken to this week. A solution is at hand which will restore a smooth simple operation, hopefully with another company.
Thank you to all those wonderful members of the public who phone in for help for our wildlife in distress.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS)
PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au