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Wildlife Victoria Media Releases


16th January 2015: Wildlife Victoria welcomes new ambassador Brent “Boomer” Harvey

2nd January 2015: Heat Stress To Wildlife - How You Can Help

18th September 2014: Wildlife Victoria Ducklings and Spring Wildlife Babies

27th June 2014: Wildlife Victoria seeks community's help for cruelty cases

17th April 2014: Keep Wildlife Safe This Easter

15th April 2014: Future Remains Uncertain for Leadbeater's Possum

3rd April 2014: Rebuild Wildlife Friendly Fences After Fires

6th March 2014: Wildlife Victoria Offers Assistance in Bushfires

28th January 2014: Wildlife Affected by Bushfires

16th January 2014: Heat Stressed Wildlife

26th November 2013: Cyrus the Airport Kangaroo Returns to the Wild

11th November 2013: Short-tailed Shearwater Migration Mass Deaths

22nd October 2013: Decapitated Platypus in Eltham
16th October 2013:
Roo Shops at Melbourne Airport

26th September 2013: Eyes Open for Wildlife Campaign Launch

18th September 2013: Swooping Birds Are Great Parents

9th July 2013: Kangaroos in Suburbia; A Cause for Concern

20th May 2013: Recruitment Drive for Wildlife Volunteers in North East Victoria

2nd May 2013: Rescuers Disturbed by Rise in Mutilation Cases

18th March 2013: Duck Shooting Season comes to Boronia 

22nd February 2013: Local Businesses Help after Craigieburn Fires

7th February 2013: Fruit Tree Netting Vs Bats 

14th January 2013: The Forgotten Victims of Bushfires: Wildlife 

20th August 2012: Victorian Koala's – WV’s response to ABC’s 4 Corners episode

25th June 2012: Wildlife Victoria’s Response to Nigel Franks

3rd May 2012: Victorian Koala's

14th December 2011: Wildlife Victoria Announces New Board of Management

16th September 2011: Wildlife Rescue & Transport Volunteers Needed

28th July 2011: Lyssavirus and Hendra in bats

25th July 2011: Possum Birth Control in Curtain Square

13th July 2011: Lyssavirus in bats - more to the story


Wildlife Victoria Media Coverage

9th October 2014

Advocates alarmed by misguided people trying to care for rescued wildlife. Manningham Leader/Herald Sun

26th June 2014
Volunteers desperately search for birds reportedly shot with arrows at Rowville, Knox Leader/Herald Sun
3rd June 2014
Animal welfare organisations label possum torture case in Brighton a disgrace. Bayside Leader/Herald Sun

23rd May 2014

Flying foxes bugging Bairnsdale, ABC 7.30 Victoria


20th May 2014

Fishing line can be swan song for wildlife, The Age


24th April 2014

Drowning kangaroo saved from swimming pool, 7NEWS

Grey kangaroo trapped in Jenny Low’s backyard pool in Healesville safely rescued by Wildlife Victoria’s Manfred Zabinskas and helpful neighbour Alex Wood, Herald Sun 


1st April 2014

Residents urged to beware the bats, The Standard


18th March 2014
Culled kangaroos to be processed as pet food as part of two-year trial, ABC News


14th March 2014
Diamond Creek police say urban sprawl causing more kangaroo deaths, Diamond Valley Leader/Herald Sun


5th March 2014
Housing development on Melbourne’s fringe pushes wildlife down the creek in search of new homes, Northcote Leader/Herald Sun


16th February 2014
Wildlife Rescue Victoria, Weekend Notes (BLOG)


10th February 2014
YouTube cats are cute but your kitty’s a born killer, Herald Sun


31st January 2014
Wildlife wilting, The Guardian


24th January 2014
Watch out for wildlife, The Border Mail


20th January 2014
Planning’s the key to safety as blaze risk remains high, Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Weekly

17th January 2014
Heatwave takes a toll on region's wildlife, The Standard


16th January 2014
Wildlife in heatwave, The Project, Channel 10


16th January 2014
Heat relief for Victoria's wildlife, 7NEWS


16th January 2014
Hurstbridge woman saves possum from extreme heat, Diamond Valley Leader/Herald Sun


15th January 2014
Rescuers battle to save heat-stressed flying foxes, The Age


28th November 2013
Orphaned baby flying foxes find a new home… with their own blankets, bottles and DUMMIES, Daily Mail UK


25th November 2013
Kangaroo found in Melbourne Airport pharmacy released back into the bush by Wildlife Victoria, Herald Sun

21st November 2013

Case of mistaken identity, LaTrobe Valley Express

6th November 2013

Cyrus the Kangaroo and Wildlife Victoria, The Project, Network Ten

22nd October 2013

Decapitated platypus in Eltham sparks investigation, Diamond Valley Leader/Herald Sun


17th October 2013

TV Interview with Rob Gell about Cyrus the airport kangaroo, Channel 7, Sunrise.


16th October 2013

Kangaroo cornered in Melbourne Airport chemist, The Age


Cyrus the kangaroo rescued at Melbourne Airport makes global news - here's a small sample of the many international reports:

Injured kangaroo finds treatment in airport pharmacy, New York Times, USA

Melbourne airport locked down after KANGAROO hops into terminal, Mirror, UK

Aussie airport locked down as kangaroo check in, InterAksyon, Philippines

Rogue kangaroos invade airports, The Guardian, UK


25th September 2013
Wildlife advocates struggling to manage number of animals needing care, plead for help, Manningham Leader/Herald Sun


25th September 2013
Swooping Birds, 7NEWS

13th August 2013
Mourners return to Endeavour Hills bushland to pay respects to shot kangaroo, Herald Sun

12th August 2013

Shot kangaroo succumbs to injuries, 3AW blog

5th August 2013
Outrage far and wide over kangaroo arrow attack, Dandenong Journal

30th July 2013

On the mend, Ten News, Channel 10

Vic man questioned over kangaroo shooting,

Melbourne man surrenders over kangaroo shooting, 7NEWS, Channel 7

Man hands himself in after kangaroo shot with arrows, The Age

Kangaroo shooting: Man turns himself in, The Weekly Newspapers

Police interview 21-year-old in relation to attack on kangaroo shot with two arrows in Endeavour Hills attack, Herald Sun

Kangaroo recovering after shot with arrow,

Kangaroo shot in act of cruelty, Sunrise, Channel 7


29th July 2013

Cruel attack, Ten News, Channel 10

Kangaroo shot twice with bow and arrow, 7NEWS, Channel 7

Authorities investigate after kangaroo shot with arrows, Nine News, Channel 9

Emergency surgery for kangaroo shot with two arrows in horrifying attack in Endeavour Hills, Herald Sun

Joey dies in arrow attack on kangaroo, The Age

Kangaroo shot by arrows in Endeavour Hills, Dandenong Leader & Maroondah & Yarra Ranges Weekly


10th July 2013

Gladstone Park couple shocked by early morning kangaroo visitor, Herald Sun/Hume Leader


24th June 2013

Roo shot in rear, Gippsland Times & Maffra Spectator


31st May 2013

Wildlife Victoria volunteer shortage leaving Greater Dandenong carers exhausted, Herald Sun/Dandenong Leader


29th May 2013 

Wildlife carers wanted, Benalla Ensign


15th May 2013

Wildlife carers call for better planning after spate of Melbourne suburb rescues, Herald Sun/Leader


2nd May 2013

Spate of kangaroo mutilations in northern suburbs, Herald Sun/Leader

19th March 2013

Duck found in Boronia after being shot in the eye recovering after life-saving surgery, Herald Sun/Leader


19th March 2013

Fauna in our midst shouldn't be fair game, Mooney Valley Weekly


19th March 2013

No match for the madding crowd, Hume Weekly


26th February 2013
Catalogue of strange requests revealed from Melbourne clients, Melbourne Leader/Herald Sun


21st February 2013

Wallaby rescued on roof of four-storey Westfield Doncaster carpark, (Manningham Leader/Herald Sun)


20th February 2013

Calls for retailers to stop selling netting catching flying foxes in Darebin, Northcote Leader/Herald Sun


14th February 2013

Plea to stop animal cruelty after kangaroo is shot and left to die in Toolern Vale, Sunbury Leader


12th February 2013

More kangaroos targeted in Melbourne's north, Hume Leader


9th February 2013

Outer suburban development is pushing wildlife, including kangaroos, closer to the city say wildlife advocates, Progress Leader


31st January 2013

Peninsula Link blamed for more animal fatalities on Casey roads, Cranbourne Leader


28th January 2013

High number of injured wildlife reported in Moreland, Herald Sun/Leader


17th January 2013 

Kangaroo released back into wild after venturing into a Preston street, Herald Sun


8th January 2013

Marsupial makes a lucky escape on Victorian road, but a motorcycle doesn't, 

Camera captures the moment a koala tipped over a motorbike on a Gippsland road, Herald Sun


25th December 2012

Horrible trail of pet cruelty in Knox, Knox Leader


5th December 2012
Kangaroo recovering after being shot with arrow, 7NEWS
Kangaroo recovering after being shot with arrow, ABC NEWS
Shot kangaroo found, Berwick Leader
YOUR SAY: Animal cruelty rife in Whitehorse, Whitehorse Leader


3rd December 2012
Hope for kangaroo shot by arrow, Berwick Leader


29th November 2012
Search for shot roo in Narre Warren, Berwick Leader


28th November 2012
Search to find kangaroo hunters, Channel 7NEWS live cross


27th November 2012
Hopping mad, Ten NEWS


24th November 2012
Wildlife Victoria in funding crisis, Bendigo Advertiser


21st November 2012
Kangaroo trapped on bridge, Diamond Valley Leader


19th November 2012
Ordeal was water off a duck's back, Herald Sun 


12th November 2012
Going Batty, Ten NEWS


29th October 2012
Airport roo recovering at shelter, Sunbury Leader

15th October 2012
Possum “pill” or culling a liberal party call, Herald Sun


11th October 2012
Mums the word for Mill Park wildlife rescuer, Northern Weekly


8th October 2012
A safer passage back to the wild, ECOS Magazine

Northern suburbs sprawl strikes native animals, Northern Weekly


1st October 2012
Mutilated kangaroo dumped in Werribee, Wyndham Leader

Roo decapitated, dumped in street in Melbourne's west


19th September 2012
Wombats killed on urban roads, Manningham Leader


13th September 2012
Baby Seal Found in Blind Bight Car Park, Cranbourne Leader


10th September 2012
Rescued fur seal released into wild, Sky News


Seal rescued in Middle Park, 3AW online

Sunbaking Seal's Saturday Morning Ruined By Authorities On A Mission, Triple M online
Traffic stopping seal released into the wild, 7NEWS

Cops rescue a fur seal from vic road, 9NEWS

Fur seal taken to Melbourne Zoo after second dramatic road crossing in Middle Park, Herald Sun,, Perth Now

'Tired' traffic seal resting at zoo, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald

Fur seal is sleeping it off after being rescued twice in one day, Digital Journal

Lost seal stops traffic in Melbourne, ABC online

Why did the seal pup cross the road, Canberra Times


29th August 2012
Wombat Wonders Into View, Manningham Leader 

13th June 2012
Helen McCoy is the real McCoy, Herald Sun

PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA: Gembrook's wildlife whisperer, Berwick Leader


8th June 2012
Prickly rescue for cranky echidna in Bairnsdale, Herald Sun


30th May 2012
Sleepy town tops state for road kill, The Age


26th May 2012
Hume drivers urged to help wildlife, Hume Leader


22nd May 2012
No seatbelts for wildlife, Melton Weekly


17th May 2012
Fantastic Mr Fox moves to the city and makes himself at home, Herald Sun


15th May 2012
A passion for helping native wildlife, DPCD and Shepparton News


18th April 2012
Injured seals need dedicated response team, Herald Sun


8th March 2012 
Lucky the black swan gets the all clear for take-off, Herald Sun


7th March 2012 
Impaled swan on mend, Wyndham Weekly / Point Cook Weekly


20th February 2012
A wounded hawk's plight, LaTrobe Valley Express


14th February 2012 
Firefighters plaster sick animals with some love, Melbourne Leader


26th January 2012
Australia Day: Unsung heroes of our nation, Herald Sun


10th January 2012
Watch for wildlife plea in Ferntree Gully, Knox Leader


6th January 2012
Surgery saves Myrtle the turtle from hooks in the tummy, Herald Sun