Australia’s 15,000+ wildlife volunteers work relentlessly, under intense conditions, donating their time and resources to help rescue, rehabilitate and release our precious native wildlife.
The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife teamed up with environmental podcast maker and former ABC RN producer Gretchen Miller, to create the Wildlife Heroes Podcast, where we discuss the mental wellbeing of wildlife volunteers and how to deal with stressful events, as well as delving into the fantastic contribution that these volunteers make to the conservation of our native species.
Series 1 of the Wildlife Heroes Podcast: Caring for Carers, aims to start a mental health conversation to support our volunteers to look after themselves, and each other. We hear from wildlife carers and mental health experts to share stories and perspectives about climate worry, personal wellbeing, community conflict, catastrophic events, and supporting others.
Series 2 of the podcast: One Animal at a Time, aims to explore the tremendous role of wildlife rehabilitators in conservation, and why rescuing one animal at a time is important, and valuable to the conservation of Australian species.
The podcast forms part of a broader mental health support program that FNPW is rolling out through its Wildlife Heroes project. It is funded through the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Initiative of the Australian Government, and the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.