15 June 2016
Victorians will have the opportunity to learn more about the state’s native wildlife after RACV announced a new community partnership with Wildlife Victoria.
RACV has provided funding to facilitate the series RACV Wild Bytes – Stories From Your Backyard, presented by Wildlife Victoria over the next two years. This program is designed to reconnect community members with wildlife and their environment.
RACV General Manager Public Affairs Peter Daly said RACV is proud to partner with an organisation dedicated to the welfare of thousands of native animals which become sick, injured or orphaned as a direct result of human activity.
“The RACV Wild Bytes – Stories From Your Backyard program will deliver 21 events across Melbourne and regional Victoria, showcasing common species of native wildlife, their habits and habitats, while explaining how we can all enrich our lives by being aware of and caring about their existence,” he said.
“Wildlife Victoria will share tips and tricks on how we can better co-exist with native animals. The organisation will teach Victorians about the little things they can do in their own backyards, such as erecting a possum box on a tree or fence, or how to stop brushtail possums looking for a warm spot to live inside your roof.”
Wildlife Victoria provides an emergency response service supported by more than 1,500 trained and experienced volunteers who are on call to respond when an animal is in distress.
The professional service seeks to resolve animal emergencies and also educate callers on the habits and behaviours of our wildlife where intervention is not warranted.
In 2015, Wildlife Victoria received more than 70,000 calls, providing advice for many and calling on their network of dedicated volunteers to attend and assist more than 40,000 individual animals.
Wildlife Victoria CEO Karen Masson said the new partnership with RACV allows Wildlife Victoria to explain the wonders of Victoria’s native wildlife and ways that humans and wildlife can better interact and live harmoniously alongside each other.
“The RACV Wild Bytes – Stories From Your Backyard sessions will be full of interesting facts on our common wildlife and armed with this knowledge we hope to encourage a closer connection to these fascinating creatures and a deeper appreciation of the environment in which we all live,” she said.
“Every day, Wildlife Victoria responds to the community’s calls to assist wildlife in distress and we hope that through more education on wildlife we can share the responsibility for caring for these amazing creatures.”
RACV Wild Bytes – Stories From Your Backyard will be officially launched when the first event kicks off in Melbourne, in August, 2016.
For more information, visit www.wildlifevictoria.org.au or www.racv.com.au
Attached: Confirmed RACV Wild Bytes – Stories From Your Backyard sessions open for booking