Australia is on the minds of animal advocates and those just interested in the welfare of animals. The bushfires have been severe in diminishing habitats along the continent's southeast coast, in the states of New South Wales and Victoria. Several large fires have burned throughout central and northern Australia and have dispersed orphaned baby kangaroos (Joeys) to forage on their own. Fortunately, the Kangaroo Sanctuary, established in 2005, has over 188-acre wildlife acreage and medical services to tend to them.
Their Sanctuary's mission is "animals come first." They rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned baby kangaroos back into the wild when they can survive on their own. Those who cannot stay at the Sanctuary to live out their days with the security of being close to medical treatment by the founder Chris 'Brolga' Barns and his team of volunteers.
Brolga was approached by the BBC UK in 2011 while he was working tirelessly in the bush in a tin shack with his family of kangaroos. The network asked if he would be interested in making a documentary about his work with kangaroos. It was a medium that would raise awareness about the plight of orphaned kangaroos — and Brolga didn't hesitate to take the offer.
The BBC proceeded with the documentary titled 'Kangaroo Dundee' which did well commercially. The series has just completed its third season, which aired in 2016 and was distributed worldwide.
The baby kangaroos, traumatized by losing their mother so early, are tucked up into pillowcases (which replicates their mothers' pouches) and kept warm and comforted next to Brolga at night. We see him getting up at 4 am to bottle feed them, washing them in a little tub, taking them to the supermarket and generally mothering them with heartbreaking tenderness.
If interested your donations will be directed to the rescue and care of their orphan babies and adult kangaroos at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, including their Baby Kangaroo Rescue Centre.
Donations are debited in $AUS. The funds raised so far have gone towards building the Rescue Centre; fencing; plumbing; solar power; veterinarian care; baby kangaroo milk and food.
Future plans include the extension of the current large rehabilitation yards and facilities to prepare kangaroos for the wild, specialist veterinarian equipment, assistance with rescue vehicles, and education programs about the care and rescue of kangaroos.
Primary Source: Kangaroo Sanctuary