After spotting The Kangaroo Sanctuary within our social followers, we’ve been intrigued to learn more about this kind-hearted initiative.
Inspired by Chris, aka Brolga, and his meaningful mission, we invite you to read The Crumpler Chronicle blog, where we share an interview with him.
Brolga and his partner Tahnee tell us about their journey, how they rescue and care for their orphaned baby and adult kangaroos living at the Sanctuary in Alice Springs.
Tell us a little bit about your background & how you got into The Sanctuary?
I (Chris ‘Brolga’ Barns) first established the Baby Kangaroo Rescue Centre in Alice Springs in 2005. I then built The Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs, a 188 acre wildlife sanctuary for our rescued orphaned baby kangaroos and adult kangaroos, which I opened in 2011. Our mission is to educate and encourage people to rescue and care for kangaroos and other wildlife and animals. Our motto is Animals Come First.
In 2013 our documentary called Kangaroo Dundee was made by BBC UK / National Geographic USA and follows the interesting lives of our mob of rescue kangaroos and other wildlife. Our documentary is shown in over 90 countries and is now up to its third series.
In 2015 Tahnee and I built Central Australia’s first Kangaroo Rescue Centre with the help of kind donations and from visitors on tours of our Sanctuary. Donations are welcome to help us continue to run both our Sanctuary and Rescue Centre so that we can rescue and care for our orphaned baby and adult kangaroos living at our Sanctuary.
What does a day look like in the Sanctuary for you?
Lots of making up milk for the orphaned baby kangaroos (joeys)…around 60 bottles a day. Every 4 hours the smallest babies are fed milk. Making sure joeys have time out of the pouch as required to build their strength. Feeding and caring for both our orphaned baby kangaroos and our adult kangaroos at our Sanctuary.
What is your favorite part of the rehabilitation process?
Seeing our rescued baby kangaroos grow up healthy and strong and then be able to be successfully released back to the wild.
What can people do to help the Kangaroo Sanctuary?
Come up and visit the sanctuary on a tour. Our tour fee goes towards the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned baby kangaroos and our adult kangaroos who can not be released back to the wild. If you cannot make it up, make a donation or "Sponsor a Roo", When you make a donation, you’ll also have the option of directing your funds to one of our featured kangaroos, if you want to. This will be particularly helpful when a specific baby or adult kangaroo needs extra veterinary support or has more demanding need of care.
We also teach people how to rescue wildlife while on their travels in australia see here. Finally we always encourage people to help animals by either volunteering as a wildlife carer in their local area or animal shelter.
You let us know that you have been using The Barney Rustle Messenger bag for 16 years, what about the bag do you like so much?
I’ve been using my Barney bag for over 16 years. It is practical, with lots of pockets and comfortable to carry. And last forever!
The Sanctuary is located just outside Alice Springs (right in the centre of Australia) and is home to Brolga and Tahnee’s kangaroo family. Tours are available by booking from their website.