Now that it is six weeks since Sampson Flat fire began, SAVEM's role in response phase is winding down. Read previous updates
Feeding Kangaroos after the Sampson Flat Bushfire
Following the Sampson Flat Bushfire many kangaroos and other native animals were displaced or injured. Landholders have done a great job caring for wildlife by working with service providers, including South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management, to provide food and veterinary assistance.
With some of the most critical hands on wildlife support behind us, there is now an opportunity for everyone to help the broader landscape recover. In a natural process, bushfires typically result in the loss of most edible vegetation available to kangaroos and other grazing animals. Individual animals naturally move off burnt ground and make their way to adjacent unburnt vegetation in search for food. This process has some very significant advantages for the landscape as it recovers from the fire by reducing disturbance to fragile soils and recovering vegetation.
If you have been feeding kangaroos now is a good time to stop and encourage their natural behaviour. Kangaroos are large, mobile animals capable of travelling large distances. Landowners are likely to see many animals move across the landscape and return to the burnt area as the vegetation regrows.
If you are concerned for the welfare of native animals on your property please contact the Gawler Natural Resources Centre on 8523 7700 or South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management on 0477 055 233. For more information on South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management visit www.savem.org.au/index.html
For more information on feeding wildlife please visit www.environment.sa.gov.au/managing-natural-resources/Plants_Animals/Living_with_wildlife/Feeding_wildlife
For more information on bushfire recovery and biodiversity please visit www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/adelaidemtloftyranges/land/fire-management/sampson-flat-fire-recovery
Justin Holmes Project Leader, Fire Recovery, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges