One of a set of five gift cards developed by Stella and Alan Reid to promote the the Wildhaven Wildlife Shelter. Each card features animals that have been rehabilitated at Wildhaven; the photographs were taken by Stella at Wildhaven and show the burnt environment following Black Saturday.
The card features Patch (wombat) and Hope (wallaby). Hope was an orphan from Black Saturday and came to Wildhaven in January 2010. Patch was orphaned, but related to the bushfires. Patch and Hope were the first animals to be released from Wildhaven following Black Saturday.
Alan and Stella Reid live adjacent to the Kinglake National Park. They created 'Wildhaven' in 1998, as a refuge and rehabilitation centre specialising in kangaroos, wallabies and koalas. The Black Saturday bushfires destroyed everything on their property, killing all of their animals in care, and razing their home and other buildings. Stella is a member of the St Andrews CFA and was on active duty during the day, she witnessed her home go up in flames from across the valley. Alan, who was at home when the fire struck was lucky to escape without injury. The fire killed twelve of their neighbours, 40-50 animals in their care died, hundreds of animals in the surrounding properties, and they estimate up to 90% of the wildlife in Kinglake National Park.
Folded gift card with image of a wombat and baby wallaby wrapped in red blankets.
This item is part of a collection relating to the experiences of Alan and Stella Reid following the devastating impact of the Black Saturday bushfires. In particular it helps provide insights into the community response through the variety of gifts and donations provided to survivors of the bushfires and the ideas of the types of needs they represented.
Donation from Ms Stella Reid - Wildhaven Wildlife Shelter, Mr Alan Reid, 8/08/2012
Front cover: 'The Wildhaven Trust'.
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