Wildlife Matters – ANARRA November 2020
Looking out over the verandah onto my small acreage on the outskirts of Gympie, I am lucky to see three different types of macropods – the solitary swamp wallaby with its white tipped tail, a small red necked wallaby with a very cute joey poking it’s head out of the pouch, and from time to time, a family of eastern grey kangaroos. They all move through the landscape here looking for green pick, fresh leaves and in the spring, a potential mate.
I also have a number of brushtail possums that regularly visit at night, looking for the fresh eucalyptus leaves that they love, and any fruit or flowers to munch on. Add to that an amazing range of birds, from the tiniest fairy wrens to the enormous powerful owl, lizards sunbaking in the day and beautiful velvet geckoes feeding by the lights at night, accompanied by microbats flitting around the verandah, and gliders and frogs calling, and I feel blessed that I live where I live, and have an opportunity to preserve and protect the habitat of these special visitors to my property.
As an active member of ANARRA (Australian Native Animals Rescue and Rehabilitation Association), I regularly head out to rescue wildlife that has come to grief through vehicle strike, dog attack, disease, drought and starvation. It is heartwarming to know that there are so many people that want to help our wildlife, and that call ANARRA when they come across a sick, injured or orphaned animal.
Getting to know your native wildlife
For people that want to learn about the wildlife that lives around them, ANARRA is hosting a “Getting to know your native wildlife” day on Sunday 6th December at Chatsworth Hall.
Wildlife guru Martin Fingland from Geckoes Wildlife will be showcasing some of our region’s lesser known species, and ANARRA members will introduce people to a selection of the more common species that are frequently encountered. This is a family friendly day – children are welcome to attend and have an opportunity to meet some of our local native species.
The cost is free for ANARRA members, or $20 for adults, and $5 for children aged 4-16 which includes lunch, tea and coffee. Bookings are essential as places are limited so get in early to confirm a seat by sending your details to email@example.com or call 0408 170 102.
I urge anyone with an interest in the environment to come along and learn how to recognise your local native wildlife. The Gympie/Wide Bay region provides habitat for an incredible diversity of species, some of them classified as rare, endangered or vulnerable to extinction, and this includes koalas, our much loved national icon that is struggling in the face of so many threats.
You can make a difference
Rescuing and caring for wildlife is costly and ongoing. ANARRA employs no staff. All our members volunteer their time and resources to rescuing and caring for wildlife. Your donation will contribute to the costs of food, rescue and rehabilitation equipment and medical supplies and is greatly appreciated.
Please, send your donation to
ANARRA Public Fund – BSB 064416 – Account number 10596693
Include your name as the reference and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a receipt for tax deduction.
Have You found an injured native animal?
Each species is different and might need specific way to be rescued. If you are not trained, please do not touch the animal and contact us directly by phone or email. You can find all ways to contact us in our contacts section.