Have a drink for your native animals this Easter

With Easter coming up next month, many of us will be taking the opportunity to catch up with loved ones over the long weekend. To help enjoy the festivities, Goodwill Wine is offering $10 off any full case of The Party Mix. With 50% of the profit from your order donated to us, this mixed […]

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Release sites needed – can you help?

Once tiny joeys in care reach a certain age and size, they need to move to outside enclosures ready to live in the wild, where they belong. Do you live on a quiet rural property, well away from busy roads, with no roaming dogs or neighbours that shoot wildlife? Would you like to look after wombats […]

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Stolen ringtail possums returned

LAOKO and the community were shocked when two young male ringtail possums, being cared for on LAOKO carer’s property near Cooma, went missing on February 15, believed stolen. After speaking with their carer, it was clear the enclosure they were housed in was escape-proof. They weighed about 400g each and had been in care for about 6 […]

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LAOKO member publishes bushfire recovery book

Badja resident and LAOKO member, Paula Boer, has published a book about her experiences during the 2020 Black Summer bushfires. In early 2020 fires swept through her entire 500-acre property, located at Badja in the Snowy Monaro region. Paula’s latest book, Bushfire Recovery at Badja, captures her observations of life on the property from snuffling echidnas to mobs of kangaroos, tiny […]

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Recycle for LAOKO with Return and Earn!

Keep those containers coming in! Recycling your drink containers AND helping native wildlife – it’s a double win for the planet! So far 1900 drink containers have been returned for LAOKO, earning $190 toward our wildlife care costs. Please support LAOKO by donating your 10c Return and Earn refund(s) in one of two ways: IN PERSON (only available […]

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LAOKO recognised at Australia Day Awards

Thank you Snowy Mountains community! Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue (LAOKO) received some well-deserved recognition yesterday at the Jindabyne and Cooma Australia Day ceremonies! We received two awards: Environment Group of the year (Jindabyne) Community Group of the Year Award (Cooma) Our Vice President, Elena Guarracino, accepted the Environment Group award at the Australia Day breakfast ceremony in […]

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Working group established for endangered koalas

It’s terrible but official: koalas are now listed as endangered in NSW. The listing came after nominations in 2020 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society International (HSI), and WWF-Australia. According to IFAW, around 15% of the NSW koala population was lost in the 2019/20 bushfires, but even more devastating is the fact that up […]

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Getting the word out in the community

We are reaching out to community groups in the Snowy Mountains for help and to raise awareness about what we do, how people can help and provide advice if people find injured wildlife in the region. Snowy Mountains Wildlife (LAOKO) Vice President, Elena Guarracino, gave a powerpoint presentation at a recent Jindabyne Lions Club dinner […]

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Wildlife first response for firefighters

The NSW Government has initiated a training package to help firefighters assist wildlife impacted by bushfires. The Wildlife First Response Training for NSW Firefighters handbook gives firefighters on the frontline tools to assess and report injured wildlife; apply basic first aid; and transport wildlife to registered rehabilitators. LAOKO contributed to the development of this handbook, with our Vice President […]

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Heat pads for LAOKO animal rescues

LAOKO was very fortunate during the recent bushfires to receive huge support from the Animal Rescue Cooperative (ARC) in the form of donations of kangaroo pellets; hay and straw; wild bird feed and insectivore mix; and shadecloth and other materials for animal enclosures. ARC has again supported LAOKO with a welcome donation of 500 heat pads! These small, single […]

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