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More help on way for injured animals

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Well-known mainland animal rescue service WIRES will operate in Tasmania after the state budget allocated $460,000 to animal rescue and rehab services.

Sanctuaries like Bonorong have been hit by the state's border closures and tourism downturn.

Despite the covid malaise, they're continuing their work of caring for around 2000 injured animals a year along with volunteers and other centres around the state. 

Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett urging Tasmanians to support them.

"Visit those businesses that are offering services like the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary; use those vouchers if you haven't been out and about," he said. 

WIRES Chief Executive Leanne Taylor says they're committed to providing long term support for the rehabilitation sector and the unique wildlife in Tasmania.

“The funding we received from the bushfires has given WIRES the opportunity to assist wildlife volunteers in Tasmania and identify new native animal initiatives alongside Bonorong and DPIPWE,” Ms Taylor said.

Bonorong Director Greg Irons (L) and Minister Barnett meet one of the sanctuary's many "clients", joined by Chris Freeman from WIRES (R).