round-the-clock commitment and best-practice techniques has saved so
many lives,” said Erica Martin, Director, IFAW Asia Pacific. "Caring
for six or seven koalas, a few wallabies and several other needy
animals at any one time is no easy job. Yet Barbara takes it in her
stride and always puts the animals needs ahead of her own – she is
truly a wildlife hero.”
Ilona Roberts has been with the Tweed Valley
Wildlife Carers for more than 10 years. She has shown her dedication
for all types of animals by rescuing frightened and sometimes
horrifically injured wildlife from all sorts of awkward and
dangerous situations. Ilona also finds the time to run meetings,
organise events and answer the phone for the busy centre.
“From grass owls and galahs, to
flying foxes and waterbirds – Ilona is an expert in the rescue,
rehabilitation and care of so many animals. We are indebted to her
for her dedication and selflessness,” said Erica Martin, Director,
IFAW Asia Pacific. IFAW is honoured to present Ilona with this award
which recognises her spirit and her investment into Australian
wildlife – we thank her on behalf of the many animals she has
Jenny Maclean: Jenny
Maclean founded the Tolga Bat Hospital back in 1990 and has been
providing a bat hospital for injured and sick bats throughout QLD.
Jenny and her team of volunteers work around the clock to rescue and
rehabilitate hundreds of bats each year which are then released.
“Life at the Tolga Bat Hospital
is nothing short of intense – it is a daily battle to rescue,
rehabilitate and protect this important, vulnerable and often
maligned species,” said Erica Martin, Director, IFAW Asia Pacific.
“Jenny is a true champion and
it is an honour to present her with this award for her inspirational
work. In addition to the work that the hospital provides for bats
with paralysis ticks the team also rescues barded-wire and netted
bats all year round.”
The “Wildlife Friendly Fencing”
project originated and is run from the hospital and Jenny has also
lobbied for protection of bats and habitat in schools, conferences
and community groups.
“We hope that by
highlighting some of these exceptional people more
Australians will acknowledge and respect the important part
that animals play in our global world,” Ms Martin said.
Contact: Amber Thompson, IFAW Supporter Relations, (02) 9288