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Orphan Native Animal Rear and Release Association Incorporated

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Orphan Native Animal Rear and Release Association Incorporated

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Barellan Point QLD, Australia

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O.N.A.R.R. is a community-based programme run entirely by volunteers. It operates under a Rehabilitation permit issued by the Department of Environment and Resource Management.  Our group is based in and around the suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland.
O.N.A.R.R. came into existence during the 1980’s, to look after Flying Foxes. From that base, we have grown to be an organisation that caters for the needs of many Australian native creatures.  There are seven separate Registers: Gliders, Possums, Macropods (kangaroos and wallabies), Birds, Other Fauna, Flying Foxes and Insectivorous Bats, and Reptiles.  Each register has one or more Register Heads.

There is a lot more to raising and releasing wildlife than sticking bottles in mouths and leaving doors open.
Raising native creatures can be time consuming (on average a baby brush tail possum needs 6 to 9 months in care, kangaroos and wallabies need even longer!)  Some species are very quick to raise, i.e. bandicoots and birds.   They are often in care only for a couple of months.

The costs incurred in raising an animal are borne by the carer.  Where we can, O.N.A.R.R. offers support, but our carers are aware that they need to be prepared to purchase the items necessary to raise an animal correctly, to ensure that on release it is a viable animal.
Not all of the animals that come into care are babies – we also take on injured older animals.  Although we try our best to release an animal back into the environment from which it came, oft times this is not possible.  The reason for this is that many animals that are rescued come in with no details at all on where they originated.  Orphaned animals are exactly the same.   A mother possum could be run down; the next driver collects the joey from the pouch and takes it home to his local vet, who rings a local carer.  A pet dog or cat takes a mother possum, and hey presto, we have one or two little orphans to raise – many dog and cat owners feel really bad about this and often do not give their names or the whereabouts of site the joeys came from.  Due to these reasons we are always looking for safe release sites for our native animals.  The highest mortality rate is amongst our possums.

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