Bird lovers unite! Help keep our Black Cockatoo rescue programme runningAfter a huge amount of support for our last crowdfunding campaign that ran in November last year, we are reaching out to you again to help us reach the second half of our goal. We managed to raise $25,000 with your support, however that is only half the amount needed to keep the rescue programme running (operations costs are around $50,000 per year for the rescue programme alone), and those funds have almost run dry... it doesn't matter where in the world you are, if you love Western Australia's amazing black cockatoos please donate, support and share this campaign, every little bit helps! We are also bringing back the very special perk of naming and releasing a rehabilitated cockatoo, a very rare opportunity (see perks section)! Here is some background on the birds, what we do, and why we need your help:
WA's black cockatoo populations are declining at an alarming rateCarnaby's cockatoo (Zanda latirostris), Baudin's cockatoo (Zanda baudinii) and the Forest Red-tailed black cockatoo (C. banksii naso) are all endemic to southwest Western Australia, found nowhere else in the world. Sadly all three species are all listed as Endangered or under threat of extinction, with population sizes of all three species diminishing at an alarming rate. Recent research by Birdlife Australia highlighted that Carnaby's are forecast to decline at a rate of 15% per year - leading to extinction in the Perth/Peel regions by 2029. Baudin's and Forest Red-tails are likely in a similar predicament, with only around 10,000 individuals left of each species. Habitat loss and fragmentation, competition for nests and food and human impacts such as vehicle strikes are taking a large toll on these iconic birds.
Who we are: Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation CentreKaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre in Perth is a non-profit, non-government organisation run largely by dedicated volunteers. We are the premier black cockatoo rehabilitation facility in Australia, admitting, rehabilitating and releasing endangered or threatened black cockatoos belonging to four different species (also includes the inland red-tailed black cockatoo, C. b. samueli). We also run a revegetation programme to provide future habitat for the black cockatoos, and an outreach programme to educate the community on the plight of WA's black cockatoos and what they can do to help.
Kaarakin needs your help!As a non-profit organisation we always need public support to continue our operations. On a daily basis we get calls to pick up and save injured or ailing black cockatoos from all around Perth and beyond. The cockatoos mainly show injuries consistent with vehicle strike or shooting, but may also be generally debilitated or may be orphaned young. Our cockatoo ambulance gives emergency care and takes them to Perth Zoo Veterinary Department for life-saving treatment, then are returned to us for further care and rehabilitation until they can be re-released back into the wild. Your funding will go directly to keeping our cockatoo ambulance running, funding our vet nurse/rescue co-ordinator, essential clinic supplies and assisting with ongoing rehabilitation aviary maintenance for the rest of 2015. Without funding for this programme, many cockatoos that would normally have been saved with our fast acting rescue programme may instead be lost.
You can make a differencePlease help - any donation will make a difference in allowing us to continue to save these amazing birds. Please also help us by sharing this page to as many people as you can. See www.blackcockatoorecovery.com for more information on what we do or to donate directly, or follow us on our facebook page www.facebook.com/kaarakin and see what we are up to. If you are a business and are looking to support an environmental project, or look into private sponsorship package, please contact [email protected]
Thank you so much for supporting our work and these amazing animals.