Dog Park

Since I’m enjoying a few months on holiday break before semester two commences for my veterinary courses, I thought I’d spend some time with my dog . So, I decided to spend time with my favorite companion, Ollie my Australian Shepherd.

To make Ollie’s day I took him to a new dog park that opened up in the town my parents are staying. A little away from the main city part of Tampa I uncovered a recently opened dog park. The dog park backed up to a lovely residential golf course. The park was filled with running trails, grass areas, and friendly people. It was very tranquil and scenic.

Best of all my hyper active dog got to run around the endless acres with other herding breeds. Being that Ollie is an Australian Shepherd it was nice to see him be able to “herd” the other dogs in a safe environment. Whenever he’s on campus I have to make sure he doesn’t disrupt the patients or endanger himself from the zoo animals.

All in all it was great to spend some time in my dog’s new happy place.

List of Popular Australian Wildlife Centers

Recently, several of Australia’s wildlife creatures have been struggling with a virus.  The majority of the species that have been infected are those that belong to the macropod family. These animals are typically marsupial animals. The main species that have been targeted are the Red and Grey Kangaroo’s; particularly the joeys.

The virus’ origin is still a mystery. Symptoms started to appear in late December 2017.  It has picked up gain in February 2018. The recent spike has also moved over to Wallabies, as well. Several of the observed joeys in sanctuaries or rescues have been reported to show flu-like symptoms. On a more sever side the kangaroo’s often revealed signs of massive internal hemorrhaging. Yet, no disease or detected bacteria is indicating what the mystery virus is.

On top of this detrimental virus there is now an increase in wild animal shootings. Along with that, unauthorized euthanasia are also occurring. Many locals don’t know what do to with the sick animals. So, they often take matters into their own hands.

Due to the lack of knowledge many result to termination of the macropods. All of wich can further harm an animal instead of relieving their pain. Several joeys have survived so-called “death blows”. When found by another the proper termination of that animal didn’t occur so the joey was further injured.

To avoid further sufferings of these sick animals I’ve listed some steps and organizations for one to reach out to. So, I have listed popular wildlife centers in Australia that can help further assist if you see an injured or sick animal.

  1. WIRES– Wires is Australia’s largest wildlife organization. They have over 27 branches across the country and our continually seeking the betterment of the nation’s animals. They offer a rescue line, report, and app. All of which can be utilized to help save an animal. To support or contact this organization call:  +1-300- 094 -737.
  2. Wildcare Australia– Is a non-profit organization that specializes in the rehabilitation of the area’s natural wildlife. It is located in South-east Queensland and has 24 contact available. Wildcare Australia’s aim to release healthy animals back into the wild and educate the public. To support of contact this organization call: +1-075-5527-2444.
  3. Wildlife Rescue At Australia’s Zoos–  Another way to secure the safety of a young animal is to contact your local zoo for wildlife support. Several of the zoos have an animal rescue team with wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians attached to the program. To support or contact a rescue unit call:  +1-300-369-652.
  4. Darling Range Wildlife Shelter: Is a volunteer based rehabilitation shelter. They have a 24 hour hotline. The purpose is to release animals back into the wild after rehabilitation. To support or contact this organization call: +1-08-9394-0885.

Also more information about macropods can be found under the animals & travel sections of my blog.

Animal Conservation

 

Since the Industrial Revolution in the 1800’s the exponential population boom in the 1900’s the worlds wildlife has been threatened. Many animals are facing extinction and increasing numbers are becoming endangered. To proctect all wildlife here are a list of ways everyone can contribute to helping animals and there ecosystems.

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  1. Assitst local or national wildlife associations
  2. Support Conservation Entreprenuers
  3. Support Anti-poaching legislature
  4. Utilize sustainable energy sources
  5. Promote globablized education
  6. Spread emails
  7. Share conservation efforts and stories
  8. Start a fundraiser
  9. Don’t engage in illegal exotic pet trade
  10. Support legislature against “bushmeat” or zoological animal meat trade
  11. Create a community project
  12. Volunteer with local wildlife shelters
  13. Read annual state or nation wildlife reports
  14. Attend awarness events
  15. Sponsor a species

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For more self education on conservation, animal legislature, and wildlife ecology be sure to check out WCN (https://wildnet.org/volunteer-opportunities) or GWC (https://www.globalwildlife.org/get-involved/).

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Fennec Foxes

Fennec foxes are native to North Africa. They are typically found amongst the Sahara desert. These foxes have since been imported into  the Australian outback. The fennec foxes have thrived in the desert and weather of the Australian terrain.

The exotic species has been popular in needing assistance. Fennec foxes have been a target of hunting and exotic pet trading industry. So, lots of rescues are having to learn how to care for the species.  These foxes are normally found injuried in the desert areas so people that rescue them often cannot find a shelter equipped to helping.

If one comes across an injuried or endangered fennec fox these are some steps to help assit them, so they recieve the upmost care and can be released back into the wild.

  1. Contact an exotic or zoological veterinarian. If you uncover any injured wild animal the first person to contanct should be a veterinarian. They will redirect you to helpful resources like sancuatries, rescues, and shelters. If the animal needs medical attention they will assist you as well.
  2. If the fox is swaying and bending his front paw continually provide water. Animal will be dehydrated based of these behavioral signs. If you are capable and have the fox in a contained space, where you will not further injure the animal or yourself, administer fluids to the fox. Also do so with veterinary premission.
  3. Visible injurines will need gauze and medicam dt tablets (use dog oral spray or 1.5 mg tablets). Medicam will subdue some of the pain and be used as a calming measure. Likewise, gauze will apply pressure on a wound and localize the injury. This is a measure to be taken if fox is in sever condition an waiting would further harm and ill the animal. Note, a zoo keeper, wildlife worker, vet technician, or veterinarian should be contacted.
  4. If the time for transportation of the animal to a rescue is longer than four hours than provided food for the fox. A fox will eat a mixture of dry and wet cat food. Dog food will also work, yet a fennec fox’s digestive system is more simmilar to a cats. If that is not something that is readily available, simply provided the fox with some raw meats.
  5. Lastly, no matter how cute and adorable the fennec fox is a normal person is not equipped for there care. They are still a wild animal and deserve to be treated as such. Fennec foxes are not household pets and if injured they should be given to people certified or capable of caring for them. This post is to show temporarty measures on there care due to it being a hunting season for these foxes.

Overall if there are any questions regaurding fennec foxes or another’s exotic care contact sydney fox rescue at there 24 hour line here: 24/7 Emergency: 0406 590 379.

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Wallabies

As a student studying zoological veterinary medicine I come across lots of marsupial animals. Last week I posted a bit about the Quokkas on Rottness Island. Australia, is filled with several types of marsupial animals. One of the most beloved are the Wallabies.

Wallabies like Quokkas and Kangaroos are apart of the macropod family. This means they are a marsupial animal that uses there hing legs and tail for balance and stability. There hind legs are often longer than there front and resort to hopping mobility.

Many people consider Wallabies to be “mini Kangaroos” and several consider them in the Kangaroo species. However, my professors disagree due to anatomical differences. Wallabies are visibly shorter. There body range is 40-112 cm from head to tail. Tail span ranges from 30- 80 cm. Likewise, there features are also “softer” since most wallabies are viewed as more delicate. They have longer eyelashes and more pointed noses. In addition they also have a higher metabolic rate due to expansion in the extensor ankle tendons. This enables high power kicks and impressive jump ranges.

Wallabies are like most there macropod family members and are sensitive. They like to be around positive and happy environments. Wallabies aren’t big on loud noises and don’t fare well in easily excited landscapes. They are native to the Australian terrain and outback. However due to there population numbers many are viewed as pest, much like there family members.

Since, I like to do rescue work I decided to list a few ways to help care for a Wallaby encase one is in need of care. There a few Wallaby rescues one can contact.  However, if one can’t reach a rescue this is a care protocol one should follow.

Health- Wallabies will need regular vaccinations. They are susceptible to many parasites and can become easily vitamin deficient. So, make sure to schedule biannual appointments with an exotic or zoological veterinarian to make sure health needs are necessary. If the vet requires additional appointments make sure to attend.

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Diet– Wallabies can eat alfalfa and grass. This is the main staple of their diet. If trying to lure a Wallaby or entice them into eating more food add carrots and dandelion leaves to the feed. As far as treats go Wallabies love carrots, broccoli, and bananas. They should only be given once a week since they aren’t a natural diet for a macropod.

Note; When eating Wallabies often regurgitate there food. This isn’t a sign of illness it is just a way they break down the roughage in there diet. It helps the protein content be digested smoothly.

If caring for a Wallaby joey one should have Wombaroo Milk Replacer. This is a special milk powder formula all marsupial animals should have under 24 months. It should be feed in a bottle.

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Housing– Wallabies are active animals that need space. If caring for one on your own make sure they have an outdoor space they can get at least four hours a day in. Likewise, there inside enclosure should be at least 6×6 feet. This ensures they can have proper room for mobility.

Since they are a marsupial animal you can take old bags and hang them in the room so they have a makeshift marsupial.  When inside the temperature needs to be above 50 degrees. They are partial to higher temperatures.

Note; Wallabies will often reveal symptoms of illness by liking there paws and coats. Normally, this would be a sign to take a marsupial animal to the vet, yet wallabies utilize it as a mechanism. This helps cool off there bodies from the preferred warmer temperatures.

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A list below are a few wildlife sanctuaries and rescues that will care for wallabies. If you cannot care for a wallaby properly or have questions about an endangered wallaby or macropod feel free to contact these resources.

  1. https://www.frontiergap.com/projects/12/Australia-Wallaby-Rescue
  2. https://www.wallabyranch.org/ranch.htm
  3. http://www.kangaloolawildlifeshelter.org.au/wallabies
  4. http://www.kangarookate.com/wallaby.htm
  5. http://wildcare.org.au/rescue-information/

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