Yep this is 2 nights later and Agro has returned to check out his old lodgings. He looks ok and must be sleeping elsewhere. We have also had a Lady Possum checking out the lodgins too so maybe he has shacked up with her. Time will tell.
Here he is messing about and striking a pose for the Camera on departure...
Well Agro has been successfully released. Its early evening and his departure is quiet and unseen only by the night vision camera. There is a brief pause and away he goes into the night and the West Australian bush. The enclosure will stay for another week or so with water, food and his shelter as this will give him somewhere known to him if he wishes to return. The camera will stay and be monitored as well.
What a great Feeling and we here at the refuge are glad that we can share this great moment with you all.
Check out http://www.taswildliferescue.com.au/ their 2nd edition "free" willdife magazine has just come out. Its just over a 8meg file so depending on your speed...has some great reading and articles.
Andrea and her crew have done another fantastic job go Tasmania...congratulations and well done for helping Wildlife awareness.
Well Release time is getting closer by the day. Have a look at the very little critter visiting Agro at about 3.30 am. steals some food and is on its way top left hand corner. Possibly a Yellow footed Antechinus...
looks like, in better light, [Google Images thank you]. Don't worry we are keeping a vigilant look out.
We have some Critical Care Heat Box's using the old type Incandenscent light Globes. We have 2 Boxs to do. So see below and the reasons why we need to do this-
Critical Care Heat Box 1-
Critical Care Heat Box 2 -
Though they produce heat they are inefficent and need to be constantly adjusted by the dimmer knob to regulate temperature and we need something more reliable. Also globes are getting much harder to find as they are beng phased out and the new Fluro type do not heat up as well.
Kimani Aviaries do a great regulated Temperature heating wire and thermostat kit for hotbox's.
This is just one of the areas your donations and sales of Teats goes to. At $220ea [plus postage] they are a great product and work extremly well.
There is a High and Low switch on the side and temp range is approx 20-30c on low and approx 40c on high of course this will depend on the box material used and size being heated...
Here is a snap of the controller and adjustable thermostat. Good quality gear used.
Here is the heating element installed on a steel plate [to help dissipate the heat]. See the Temperature probe on the left. This is all under the base of where the animals are housed.
There is a support beam across the middle of the larger critical care box.
One completed "modified" heat box sitting at 30c degrees. Leave for a day or 2 running to dissipate any fumes.
Ok now 2 x 60w Globes draw 120w and as they are on all the time a constant 120w is being used "all
the time". The new system draws 100w on heating the box and once at temperature will cycle on and off, as required, reducing the power consumption right down to a small 30w-50w and maybe less. This will save the draw on our solar battery system and will allow us to use more heat box's for wildlife in care Cool hey! or should i say "Warm Hey"!
Yep Our little Brush Tail Possum is not so little any more. He now tips the scales at 1.5kgs.....and is now in the final stages of release preperation.
Show here is our "Soft" release enclosure being set up in the bush. Here Agro will reside for up to 1 week to get used to his bush surroundings and to also allow us through night cameras to see what else is living in his area.
There are 2 types of Release -
A "Hard" release is when the animal is just released and is usually done when only in care for a couple of days.
A "Soft" release is for an animal that has been in care long term and has been gradually reduced form human interaction. The release is done from an enclosure that is placed into their natural environment and allows the animal time to acclimatise to its surroundings prior to opening the enclosure.
Photo from another Angle
Yes we have been busy building again. One side folds down completely and after 2 weeks will be opened for Agro to come and go so that he can settle into his new surroundings with out stress.
At lunchtime our participants for Wildlife Safety and Handling were prevlidged to handle a Monitor who had just been admited after Glen had skillfully extracted him from a down pipe of a neighbours house.
Barbara, from Shoelwater was very keen to give her handling skills a try, well done Barbara
After a quick examination , no injuries were found BUT! his reason for being in the drain pipe became very obvious. He had make him self available to a dozen of the neighbours chicken eggs. When he went into the drain pipe to access the pen he was quite lean but on exiting, with a belly full of eggs he didnt fit so well.
So... with a full belly we let him go to rest and digest his free lunch.
Not that Wind but a "Wind Turbine" has now been installed. Keeping the Refuge as Sustainable as possible with our energy requirements. It's only a small one at 200w @ 24V but will help in winter when the sun does not shine and there is a steady Breeze to top the batteries up..there is also a Bio Diesel 4.5kw Generator as emergency Back-up.
The Refuge is now running on all 12x190W [2.2kw total output] panels through an Apollo T80 Solar MPPT Charger. This charger is extremly efficient in using a Higher Voltage in from the solar array of approx 90V to charge the Battery bank at 24V.
Yesterday was our Biggest Generation of power usually 6-8kw/hr as it was 36 degrees very hot and we were running the Airconditioner most of the day. Yes you can run airconditioning on solar. and Being 37 today it will be on again. The Vegies are going great and the growth is somewhat outstanding. See what can happen when you use Organic methods.
My name is Glen and my Wife is Jo.
Jo is a Wildlife Veterinary Nurse and we both are Government approved and Registered Wildlife Carers.
We own 160 Acres 3 3/4 Hours drive South of Perth in the Perup Ecology Region of the South West of Western Australia. Here we are in the process of building "Maroo Wildlife Refuge" to Care, Rehabilitate and Release Endangered Australian Species. Maroo Wildlife Refuge Inc is a Incorporated Organisation run by volunteers and is Financed by in kind Donations. Would you like to help?