The largest wildlife rescue organisation in the country, WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc) has been caring for native Australian animals for over three decades. In the aftermath of Australia’s devastating bushfires and drought, WIRES received unprecedented global support from individuals and organisations.
With a shared vision of restoring and regenerating habitat impacted by the effects of climate change and extreme natural disasters, WIRES partnered with Landcare Australia in 2020 to launch the WIRES Landcare Wildlife Relief and Recovery Grants.
This ground-breaking alliance between two not-for-profits who have been part of local communities for over 30 years, provided local Landcare environment networks and community groups with access to $1.185 million in funding, supporting them to lead and coordinate 64 high-priority short and medium-term wildlife support and habitat restoration projects. Read more about the project impacts HERE.
In 2022 WIRES renewed their partnership with Landcare Australia, and along with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) launched the WildSeek Project: Community Wildlife Intelligence Hubs, taking the first step toward building a national conservation AI network.
The Wildseek Project will establish and support an initial network of five Community Hubs for the conservation and rescue response of native species. Partners are providing over $1,500,000 in funding over three years to support the project, with a significant contribution by WIRES. QUT will serve as the National Conservation AI Analytics hub where drone footage collected around the country will be analysed using a QUT created algorithm to identify wildlife populations. Read more about the project HERE.