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Better protection for vulnerable wildlife

The state government is providing a funding boost for wildlife rescue volunteers, in order to provide better help for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife.

Applications for Wildlife Rehabilitator grants are now open, with $230,000 available from the Victorian government.

Wildlife shelter operators and foster carers, such as those in Wyndham, can apply for grants of up to $3000 for infrastructure, equipment, education, consumables and training.

The previous round of grants supported 120 wildlife carers and shelters, funding new enclosures, nesting boxes and more medication, feed and rescue equipment.

The funding is designed to help stop the decline of native plants and animals in order to improve Victoria’s natural environment.

Environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the work that wildlife shelters and foster carers do was critically important to help rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife, so animals can be released back to the wild.

“This is about giving a helping hand to many of Victoria’s dedicated volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife.”

Details: wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildlife-rehabilitator-grants/

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