Kay Muddiman
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I have always had a love of and interest in animals, both wild and domesticated, but it was only in later years that my passion for wildlife came to the fore. My husband Dallas and I had been considering getting involved in wildlife care for a while, when an injured galah that we rescued from a dog attack tipped the balance. We took the poor bird to the local WIRES branch bird co-ordinator who, over a cup of tea, inspired us to put our names down for the next Rescue and Immediate Care course! So, December 1999 found us attending the course and becoming members of WIRES - the rest, as they say, is history!

We have rescued and cared for a variety of creatures over the years, but I have to say macropods and especially wombats are dearest to my heart - their joeys are simply a joy to raise!

Recently I have found that 'advancing age' has made it difficult for me to continue with full-time care, although we still continue with rescue and overnight care. My focus now is to continue with what has always been my belief, that 'education and information' about our wildlife is hugely important, and we need to do all that we can to 'spread the word'.

This is especially true when it comes to our children. After all, the future is in our children's hands, so it is vital that we do all that we can to ensure that they develop a love for and understanding of the importance of the natural world. So, most of my efforts now involve 'taking it out there' to anyone and everyone! This includes monthly publicity items in local newspapers/newsletters, along with producing a quarterly newsletter for my WIRES branch (Southern Tablelands) - which along with our membership, also gets sent to more than 150 supporters and other interested people (including four overseas).

My other passion (aside from family, grandkids and great-grandkids!) is wildlife and environmental photography, so I also use this to bring nature to people via social media. If what I do causes just one person to take an interest in and become active in caring about our wildlife and environment, then the effort will have been worthwhile!