Posts Tagged ‘Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre’



‘Reptilian’ made the shortlist of the top 75 images for the Wildlife category of the Australian Photography Awards. This little guy is a bearded dragon, and lives at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. He was photographed in the studio then I converted the image to black and white.



This Sunday from 10am – 4pm head along to the Discover Kanyana Day 2016, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre‘s annual open day fundraiser.

There will be stalls and food galore, plus you can visit the hospital and learn all about native animals. Guest speakers will be presenting seminars every 30 minutes on a variety of topics. Our very own Alex Cearns is on at 1pm talking about photography and working with wildlife.

Entry fee is $5 Per Person or $10 for a family (2 adults and up to 3 children) and this is a great day for the whole family. ‪#‎DiscoverKanyaya‬




Through my association with animal rescue, welfare and charity organisations, I’ve met some remarkable people over the past 10 years. Last Friday evening was no exception when I had the pleasure of photographing three professional, inspirational and influential role models: The first female Governor of Western Australia Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, founder of Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and 30 year veteran of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation June Butcher AM, and the 2015 West Australian Of The Year and first appointed female Chief Scientist of WA, Professor Lyn Beazley




This beautiful possum is one of the residents in the care of Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.



Burrowing Bettong

Burrowing Bettong from Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. This little guys name is Boodie and he’s one of the ambassador education animals at Kanyana. Boodie lists his hobbies as being nocturnal, digging and eating (preferably his fave treats like macadamia nuts).

Boodie would like you to know that sadly by the late 1960s, all of the Bettong’s on mainland Australia were extinct due to culling and introduced species. Populations only existed on small offshore Islands, mostly off the coast of Western Australia.

But there is good news! Present day conservation efforts by both government agencies and the private sector have been successful, leading to Bettong’s IUCN Red List status change down from ‘Vulnerable’ (high risk of endangerment in the wild) to ‘Near Threatened’ (likely to become endangered in the near future.)

And more good news! The Bettongs range and population are still increasing and several newly established conservation populations have been introduced.

By supporting organisations like Kanyana you can help Bettong’s just like Boodie. And maybe one day soon we will see their IUCN Red List status drop to ‘Least concern’ (Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.)

For more info on the wonderful work Kanyana does with wildlife please visit

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A bird in the hand is worth …

This rescued baby mudlark is in the care of Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Love and thanks to all of the kind souls who care for our injured birds and wildlife.

HAND MODEL: Cass – Education Officer / Kanyana




This baby magpie who is receiving care from Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and already has oodles of maggie personality and attitude. I love the song these birds sing in the mornings.




Thanks to everyone who came along to the CREATURE FEATURE opening night. The exhibition runs until 10th Octobers so there’s still time to call into the Epson Print Gallery, Team Digital 268 Lord Street, East to see 20 of my favourite rescue works. All prints are signed and for sale as limited editions of ONE ONLY! Part proceeds to five animal charities – Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA,Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation CentreMalubillai Wildlife Carers NetworkSAFE Perth – Saving Perth Animals from Euthanasia and Bali Animal Welfare Association. Check out the event page for opening times.

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TONIGHT!!  Come along to the opening of CREATURE FEATURE on Tuesday 10th Sept at 6:30pm. An exhibition showcasing 20 of my favourite rescue works, at the Epson Print Gallery, Team Digital 268 Lord Street, East Perth. All prints will be signed and for sale as limited editions of ONE ONLY! Part proceeds to five animal charities – Dogs’ Refuge Home of WAKanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre , the Bali Animal Welfare AssociationSAFE Perth – Saving Perth Animals from EuthanasiaMalubillai Wildlife Carers Network. Love to see you all there. Check out the event page to RSVP




Possum Magic

Recently we had some tiny visitors to the studio – six little possums being cared for by Johanna, a volunteer from the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The first two images show Zarae, who was found in Gooseberry Hill sitting on a verandah. At the time she weighed only 172 grams. Now she is a healthy 300 grams and growing by the day! 

Photo two is titled “An animal photographer’s occupational hazard”. Zarae (who might have been my favourite if I was allowed favourites!) took great delight in chewing on my thumb. Luckily it didn’t hurt much – it was more like teething bites. She even sat in my lap chewing on my thumb while I photographed the other baby possums. She seemed comforted by it. On the other hand, I was occassionally pained by it but didn’t want to upset her.

Also featuring in the pictures below is Millie, who was found in a backyard in Walliston, and Bessie, the largest of the six possums’ who was rescued by tree lopper after her mother was killed when he cut down the tree they lived in.

One of the additional highlights for me was bottle feeding the smallest possum, Banjo, weighing just 108 grams. Banjo was found abandoned in the grounds of Perth Zoo. Such a privilege to feed such a tiny creature!

 Many thanks to Suzie for her amazing animal wrangling and to Johanna for entrusting us with her babies.  The images will be used by the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to create possum awareness and to promote their wildlife rehabilitation work.