31 Dec Roo Release, December 2020 – A Long Time Coming!
2020 has been a very strange year for most people, and in our case, it’s been a very strange year for our rescued kangaroos! Covid restrictions cut the Kimberley off from the rest of WA and Australia for a while there, meaning our ‘fundraising/tourist/dry season’ was pretty bleak. Kununurra’s annual Markets season was cancelled, we had less than 1/4 of our usual visitors at Kangaroo Haven, there were a lot less people around to volunteer, and our movements to be able to release our kangaroos was very limited! Two of the most common species we rescue are red kangaroos and wallaroos – given the natural range of our reds, we need to drive quite far to release them in a safe place, which at the height of Covid, meant we couldn’t leave the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley to release them in our usual (AMAZING!) National Park location. Due to the inability to perform our usual releases, by the time December 2020 came around, we had 12 juvenile roos (im)patiently waiting to get back to the bush! 2 Troopecarriers, 8 volunteers, over 600kms and 2 flood warnings later, we had finally been able to give these beautiful animals their second chance at living free out in the wild where they belong. And who could complain about this scenery?!
This wouldn’t have been possible without the FNPW and DBCA Grant – we would have struggled significantly to fund everything we have been able to achieve this year! Thank you so much for your support, which has allowed us to continue to rescue and rehabilitate so many animals this year.