Wildlife Land Trust welcomes 200th Australian sanctuary
The Wildlife Land Trust (WLT), an international private land conservation network, this week welcomed its landmark 200th Australian refuge - Colo Heights Wildlife Clinic and Refuge in New South Wales. Together the WLT’s 200 member sanctuaries now amount to approximately 35,000 hectares (86,000 acres) of wildlife friendly land across the country. The WLT is a program run under the auspices of Humane Society International and acting under the guiding principle of humane stewardship.
The pristine bushland of Colo Heights Wildlife Clinic and Refuge teems with native wildlife, with species known to occur on the sanctuary including wallaroos, brush-tailed rock wallabies, eastern pygmy possums, echidnas, spotted quolls, koalas, yellow-bellied gliders, burrowing frogs, blue-tongued lizards and many more.
This impressive representation is capped off by a huge diversity of birdlife, with such species as glossy black cockatoos, kookaburras, spotted pardalotes, yellow-faced honeyeaters, tawny frogmouths, wedge-tailed eagles, and southern boobook and powerful owls utilising the land as habitat.
Owners Michael Adams and Chris McGregor built and operate a wildlife clinic and hospice on the property, offering a 24 hour service for injured native wildlife in the area, and it is their intent to preserve the property's bushland from development and continue native wildlife rehabilitation and release.
Established in Australia in 2007, the Wildlife Land Trust is a free, non-binding and inclusive initiative, a feature demonstrated by the wide range of sizes, uses and locations of its current members. Whether a property is one acre or a thousand hectares, a working farm, family home or dedicated purely to conservation, a positive difference for native wildlife and habitat conservation can be made through the declaration of intent that Wildlife Land Trust membership signifies.
“As members of the WLT we embrace the goals for the preservation of our wildlife lands and the links to assist in achieving these goals. We endorse the commitment and initiative of the WLT and its leadership to instigate cooperation to restoration and protection of our individual sanctuary as part of a national and international program. This is a community program where we can all make a permanent contribution to our environment.” – Dr. Ian Gunn, WLT member since 2008.