Do you have a possum living in your roof?

Common Brushtail Possums… we love them, but sometimes they can set up home in our ceiling cavities, and that can be messy… and a bit loud! How can we live in harmony with them, but not share the same house!? The first thing you need to know is that since brushtail possums are territorial, getting one out […]

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Koel rescue

A juvenile Eastern Koel (formerly the Common Koel; Eudynamys orientalis) was found on the ground in February by a member of the public in Cooma. It was taken into care by LAOKO and while it had no injuries, the clock was ticking to get this young migratory bird ready for its long flight to New Guinea or Indonesia by […]

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Sugar glider rescue

This little Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps) was found at Eucumbene in January, stuck in a chimney. She was hungry, thirsty and lethargic but after a couple of days with a LAOKO carer, she was ready to be released back to where she was found. The property owner is planning on putting some wire netting over the […]

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Meet a LAOKO volunteer – Michael Milne

This time we chat with Michael Milne, one of LAOKO’s longstanding carers and our secretary. Together with his wife Linda, Michael has cared for and released hundreds of native animals over the last forty years, beginning in the desert of northern Western Australia. Mick’s life has not only been dedicated to wildlife care, but also […]

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Summer means sssssnake season!

Tuesday 30 November, 2021 It’s been a wet year, which means more rodents and frogs, snakes’ favourite food! This could mean you’ll see more snakes over summer. Here are some tips especially for bushwalkers: Snakes warm themselves in the sun, on rocks and in open areas like walking tracks. Avoid surprising snakes and warn them of your approach […]

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New committee voted in at AGM, and we have a new name!

Tuesday 30 November, 2021 LAOKO’s 2021 Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 20 November on Zoom. Our key elected positions remain as follows: President: Lisa Petroff Vice President: Elena Guarracino Secretary: Michael Milne Treasurer: Robyn George HSEQ Officer: Guy Palframan We have many other LAOKO volunteers working behind the scenes, and a variety of roles will […]

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Mental health help for wildlife volunteers

Being a wildlife volunteer can be very confronting and stressful at times. It is vital to look after your wellbeing to enable you to look after wildlife. Wildlife volunteers’ mental health may be affected by many things associated with wildlife. It could be seeing dead animals by the side of the road and checking them for […]

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Accreditation of wildlife rescue providers

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) recently introduced some changes to the way wildlife groups operate to ensure good governance. Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue (LAOKO) is working towards the required accreditation to ensure we have a quality assurance process to provide wildlife rehabilitation services in a consistent, reliable and credible manner in accordance with […]

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Ducklings

Seven fuzzy ducklings

These seven Australian wood ducklings were noticed on a Chakola property recently, when the landholder realised they had been in their own for two days with no parents in sight. Ducklings stay within the protective shelter of their parent’s supervision until they are 1 1/2 to 2 months old. During this time, they are able to […]

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Micro bat

Microbat rescues

LAOKO recently rescued two microbats: a little forest bat (Vespadelus vulturnus), rescued at Binjura, and the other, a little broad-nosed bat (Scotorepens greyii), was rescued at Tantangara in Kosciuszko National Park. The little broad-nosed bat weighed only 5.34g and the little forest bat was even smaller, weighing just 4.3 grams. The latter had been injured […]

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