Many factors contribute to native animals needing care.

Gladstone and District Wildlife Carers can offer the following simple advice so you can help reduce the impact we have on native wildlife

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As our communities expand we move into many native animals’ eco systems, destroying habitat. People need a place to live, however Gladstone Wildlife is positively involved in role modelling and teaching members of the public how to live harmoniously with nature.

We offer simple advice like providing a water source in your backyard away from domesticated pets. While it is natural for our domesticated pets (especially cats and dogs) to hunt, (it is a natural trait), our native wildlife suffers. Appropriately containing pets throughout the day and at night will help greatly. These are a couple of simple ideas to help our community live with native animals positively.

Habitat destruction has an impact on native animals’ ability to find food, water and nesting sites or shelter. This can cause over population and an increase of diseases, in the reduced areas left for native wildlife. It does help to plant native plants in your backyard.

At times, weather can also be a contributing factor to disease. Some diseases effecting our native wildlife can be brought on by periods of rain.

The use of pollutants and chemicals pose a threat to our wildlife and rehabilitation is made quite difficult, so please be careful disposing of household chemicals.

The main contributing factor to animals in care is road trauma. The increase of suburbs roads integrating one suburb to another makes it increasingly possible for animals to be injured by vehicles. Please take care on the road.

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