About this organisation
In October 2015, KoonaWonga Wildlife Rescue Inc was registered as a not for profit incorporation which includes a 24 hour volunteer Wildlife Emergency Rescue Service and 2 licensed Wildlife Shelters that are dedicated to the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of our native animals which are impacted by encroachment of humans on their habitat. We also strive to promote and educate our community and its members regarding these amazing animals and how you can help them.
We are currently (Dec 2017) going through some changes in members.
KoonaWonga Wildlife Rescue Inc as of December 2017 will consist of Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter and a number of volunteers in the north central area of Victoria.
Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter which is located in Koonoomoo, just out of Cobram on the beautiful Murray River. It is owned and run by husband and wife team, James Leonard and Kylee Donkers. It is surrounded by a unique and irreplaceable ecosystem consisting of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, pelicans, swans, ringtail & brushtail possums, sugar & squirrel gliders, kingfishers, tawny frog mouths, kookaburras and hundreds more wonderful species of bird life, insect life and reptiles.
Wildlife care is all voluntary!
The shelter is set up to look after our very precious native animals that are orphaned and or injured. Unlike a veterinary hospital, there are no ambient noises or smells to stress out the animal that are recovering with us and because of the shelters positions next to the river, it is very natural.
Throughout the time animals are in our care they require a range of specially formulated milk powders, medications, bedding and feed. To give you an idea; it costs approximately $1800 to rear an orphaned joey kangaroo, around $600 to rear an orphaned koala joey and that’s not to mention those animals we get in which need medical treatments.Vet costs are NOT covered either so everything is paid for by the shelter owners.
We receive thousands of calls each year for information and or assistance with native animal encounters. As well as the occasional calls regarding domestic animals too! These we can’t assist with but we are happy to point people in the right direction.
We are a not for profit and operate purely on donations and volunteer support, almost all of which comes from the generosity of people like you. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.