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Plans underway to help wildlife after Cyclone Yasi - 18 February 2011

Agile Wallaby after the Cyclone.
Photo © Daryl Dickson

Following another natural disaster in Queensland within a month, Wildlife Queensland is again encouraged and impressed by the offers of financial gifts and volunteer support from the public, wildlife organisations and of course our own members.

What are the initial needs?

We have been in daily communication with rangers, researchers and members in far north Queensland to ascertain priority areas as well as the most urgent needs as far as resources are concerned. Provision of food and shelter is paramount as canopy cover is absent across large areas, particularly in the mahogany glider’s range roughly between Ingham and Tully. We are despatching monitoring kits, including surveillance cameras, torches etc, which will assist in observing feed stations to see what species are visiting them. New and existing dens (nest boxes) will also be monitored by teams of volunteers now and over the coming months.

Daryl Dickson, Wildlife Queensland Tully Branch member, says that ‘at present the mahogany gliders are relying on insects and sap to feed on. The gliders seen at feeding stations are looking in good condition at this stage – the monitoring of these animals is going to be essential in the coming months as they will give us indication of just how stressed they are becoming and if the insect & sap food resource is enough to keep them alive.’  For more information, see Daryl’s Info Bulletin 2.

Wildlife Queensland emphasises that the feeding program is only being carried out to help the gliders through this difficult period in the coming months, aiming to supplement their food sources and ensure that they are still foraging. The feeding stations will be withdrawn as soon as there is there is certainty other food sources have recovered.

Rescued Kingfisher
Photo © Daryl Dickson

As well as the cassowary and mahogany glider, there are many species, including about 40 plant species and 25 animal species, in this region listed as threatened under the Nature Conservation Act.  Many of these will have been severely affected. Surveys conducted by DERM and the findings of the Cyclone Yasi Natural Environment Recovery Group will ascertain what the priorities will be for recovery actions. It will take months to assess and years for the landscape to recover. When we get news of other wildlife we will report it on this website.

Thank you to all our amazing supporters

Wildlife Queensland has many people to thank for their support to date including Hollow Log Homes who donated and despatched nest boxes for mahogany gliders, the Humane Society International and the Wilderness Society for their financial donations as well generous support from individual donors and volunteers. Special thanks to Jon Hanger from the RSPCA for all his hard work sourcing all the food supplies from Wombaroo & Lypards. We also appreciate the excellent service from Global Trekker Adventure Gear in Brisbane who fast tracked our urgent order, discounted the equipment and waived freight costs.

Cyclone devestation
Photo © Daryl Dickson

We would like to highlight the incredible personal hardships that the local volunteers, rangers and local residents are enduring while working hard to save wildlife in such arduous conditions. Their own properties are in need of attention yet they are putting wildlife first.

How can you help?

  1. Teams of 4-5 people, preferably experienced in wildlife surveys, are needed as soon as possible for 1 week surveys as well as over the coming months.  Please contact
  2. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service at Innisfail is looking for volunteers to chop up fruit for cassowaries on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays until the end of February. There may be a change of venue to Garner’s Beach later on. To register, contact or phone 07 4091 8102.
  3. Are you in a community group that would like to undertake a nest box construction project? We can supply you with plansand it will be up to you to obtain materials and despatch them but some financial assistance for this will be available. Contact the Qld Glider Network at Wildlife Queensland.
  4. To volunteer in the region, please contact Emergency Volunteeringor phone 1800 994 100.
  5. Local residents – here are some tips for setting up a glider feed station on your property.
  6. Keep in touch through facebook. Tell us your thoughts, ideas and experiences.
  7. Last but not least - if you would like to financially support immediate priorities or longer-term recovery, please donate to Wildlife Queensland. We will ensure that funds are used where they are needed most - the replanting of habitat and food trees and installation of nest boxes in the region will be costly and support from individuals as well as organisations will be crucial.

More information

For more information on Wildlife Queensland's activities, call us on +61 7 3221 0194 or send us an email.