Possumwood Wildlife operates from a facility on the Lake George Escarpment on the southern tablelands of NSW. It has a membership of around 70, and relies on voluntary staff, including veterinary nursing and a visiting veterinarian.
The two principals of Possumwood Wildlife are highly qualified in medicine and research. Each year the facility takes in around 200 wild animals who have been injured through wire fencing entanglement, motor vehicle collision, dog/ fox attack, burns, misadventure and shooting or are suffering an illness. When recovered, the animals are returned to the wild in a protected environment.
The directors of Possumwood Wildlife have been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing macropods, wombats and possums back to the wild for 21 years under NPWS licence. Well over 6000 wild animals have directly benefited from their work. They have been running advanced macropod training courses for a number of years to groups of around 50 carers in NSW. The courses are highly regarded with evaluations always rated as ‘excellent’.
The wildlife recovery program at Possumwood is focussed in two areas:
- High level emergency first aid for injured and sick mammal wildlife of all sizes and ages on a 24 hour, seven days a week basis. Visiting veterinarians and veterinary nurses as well as an experienced medical practitioner assist with this.
- The provision of long-term treatment and support for emotional trauma. Wild animals lead emotional lives and we know of no other Australian wildlife program of support that targets the long term trauma recovery needs of animals.
The research program is focussed on areas that support wildlife recovery. This work covers such areas as recovery from fence entanglement, herpes virus, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress, renal failure, skin disease, and mouth and jaw problems. Our research is published in peer reviewed publications and presented at conferences.
At Possumwood we foster engaged learning between humans and wildlife so we might better understand wildlife knowledge and behaviour and more accurately understand their recovery needs. For us, transpecies learning connotes the fields of transpecies psychology (cognitive and emotional behaviour of animals) and relational learning (co-creating knowledge with a relational ethic) within a framework of caring for others.
Fact sheets are provided on aspects of our wildlife rehabilitation experience and our research. Carers are assisted with first aid for their injured animals and with advice on many aspects concerning the recovery of sick and injured wildlife.
We stand on the side of wildlife against the pernicious, cruel and unjust actions of governments and those who show disregard for these wonderful animals.
Possumwood is our commitment to native animal well-being based on building reciprocal human-animal relations, respect, kindness and continuous learning about this unique wildlife.