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Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation

Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation
Sparky the orphaned Eastern Quoll

At Inala we are often presented with injured or orphaned wildlife to care for until they can be rehabilitated and returned to the wild where possible. The Inala Nature Reserve provides a wonderful safe haven to 'soft release' rehabilitated wildlife. Funds donated to the Inala Foundation help to purchase essential supplies such as formula and pellets.

At any given time we have between one and a dozen injured or orphaned animals at Inala.

These are often Bennett's Wallabies and Tasmanian Pademelons, but the list of rehabilitated species is varied and impressive and includes the likes of Brown Falcon, Tasmanian Pademelon, Long Nosed Potoroo, Antechinus, Echidna, Little Pygmy Possum, Brush-tailed Possum, Little Penguin, and even Blue-tongued Lizards! 

Wildlife Rehabilitation

When the orphans are ready to be released into the wild they are gradually soft-released onto the 1500-acre Inala Nature Reserve where they can have a choice of suitable rich habitats with strong food and shelter resources. We ensure that there is grass as a food source year round by keeping the open pasture areas well tended.

Inala Nature Reserve

Photo: Brad Moriarty

Sadly roadkill in Tasmania is very high and is the cause of most of the orphans that end up in our care.

We work with the Bruny Island Environmental Network on methods of reducing driving speeds and improving driving behaviour (particularly at dawn and dusk when wildlife is most active).  

The whole Inala team collectively stop at every roadkill we see on Bruny and check the pouch of dead females for any surviving orphans.  We then remove the body a good distance from the road.  The reason for this is three fold: 

(1) it is safer for the vehicle traffic without a body on the road,

(2) it is safer for the scavenging mammals who may come to feed on the body at night and; 

(3) it is safer for raptors that may come down to feed and get hit by vehicles before they can fly away.

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Forty-spotted Pardalote - K and M Campbell
Forty-spotted Pardalote - K and M Campbell

Protecting Endangered Wildlife

The Nature Reserve on Bruny Island provides excellent habitat for the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote, Swift Parrot, Eastern Quoll and many raptor species.

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Wetland habitat on Inala Nature Reserve
Wetland habitat on Inala Nature Reserve - Brad Moriarty

Native Habitat Restoration

Native habitat within the Inala Nature Reserve on Bruny Island is being restored by removing invasive weeds and through revegetation using local native plants.

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Wollemi Pine - Brad Moriarty
Wollemi Pine - Brad Moriarty

Conserving Threatened Plant Species

We work in conjunction with the Inala Jurassic Garden on Bruny Island to conserve endangered plant species from around the world.

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Swift Parrot - Chris Tzaros
Swift Parrot - Chris Tzaros

Inala Foundation

The Inala Foundation protects wildlife & regenerates habitat on Bruny Island, and in collaboration with the Jurassic Garden, conserves endangered plant species.

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