WIRES – officially the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service – is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue and rehabilitation charity.

You might not of heard of it outside the premier state, but in NSW, WIRES is an institution.

From humble beginnings in 1985 (courtesy of a handful of local residents responding to an injured ibis found in Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD), it’s grown to a network of more than 3,000 volunteer members right across NSW.

Annually, WIRES receives more than 100,000 phone calls, and in December 2019 alone, the organisation fielded more than 20,000 calls (thanks to Australia’s unprecedented bushfire emergency).