Mange Management funds save wombat’s lives
Ice-cream lids and high-tech motion-sensitive cameras may seem an unlikely team, but it’s a combination that’s making incredible inroads into ridding wombats of the painful, life-threatening scourge of mange. Jenny Mattingly from wildlife organisation Mange Management Inc met up with Warburton resident Ian Maberly and Upper Yarra Community Enterprise chairman Peter Kimberley last week to look at how local community organisations and volunteers can be part of a life-saving project to treat wombats on private property in the Yarra Ranges.
Jenny said mange has been a problem for many years but wit the program now running for 18 months they are starting to see cases where the wombat is fully recovered…it’s very much a lifeline for the animals.’ She said the Community Bank sponsorship had enabled the group to buy 10 litres of the treatment, four new cameras and a GPS, which can be lent to property owners. For more information visit www.mangemanagement.org.au
Edited version kindly reproduced from the Upper Yarra Mail newspaper (6/8/13)