The Hepburn Wildlife Shelter is a 24–hour, self-funded volunteer wildlife rescue and treatment centre, established to assist and care for injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wildlife in and around the forested Shire of Hepburn in central Victoria to the north west of Melbourne. The shelter is an animal welfare charity run by the founders Gayle Chappell and Jon Rowdon from their home just outside Daylesford in the Wombat Forest.
Jon and Gayle are busily preparing a bunker in the lead up to the fire season. The bunker will be big enough to fit over 70 animals, themselves and volunteer workers in the event that a bushfire does come near their property this summer.
In 2009 - 2010 Hepburn Wildlife Shelter responded to 434 wildlife in need of help. - 140 Kangaroos, 32 Wallabys, 30 wombats, 32 possums, 5 Gliders, 23 Koalas, 152 Birds, 5 Lizards, 3 echidnas, 11 microbats and 1 Phascogale. Of those 434 animals 82 were euthanased due to their wounds, 76 died of their injuries or illness and 276 animals eventually made it back home.
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