Donations Keep Chelonia Running

If you would like to make a donation by credit card, this can be done via the
Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association Inc (PWCA) website
Alternatively you can direct deposit to:
BSB: 066531
Account: 10131333

Please use payment reference “TURTLE”
and email us for a receipt to be sent.

Chelonia is a purely voluntary organization. Chelonia receives no formal funding and does not pay any workers. From time to time, people will make a small donation toward the care of a patient they hand in. A small number of donation tins are placed on strategic counters around town, many of them get stolen, but they bring in a small trickle of money during the year. Some other funding comes in from the sale of turtle magnets and posters, but the majority of the money comes from the volunteers themselves.

Chelonia submits applications from time to time to various funding bodies in order to purchase expensive special purpose items such as the tanks, pumps and heaters used in the Permanent Salt Water Facility. See Sea Turtles for more information on the sponsorship provided by Australian Geographic for this project.

Day to day running costs stretch into many thousands of dollars per year and your donation will help to ensure that the work done in the area of rehabilitation and release of wildlife, and the work done with endangered sea turtle species, can continue.

How Does The Money Get Spent?


There are the day to day costs for food items such as bird seed, cereals, greens, fruit, meat and fish.
Then there are the costs associated with special food items such as formulas for nectar eaters, grain eaters and insect eaters. These are special powdered formulations designed to ensure proper nutrition for orphaned babies and very sick adults which are unable to tolerate a solid diet. Other additives are often required to supplement captive diets. Items such as multivitamins, electrolytes, calcium and probiotics to list a few.


From time to time a patient will require a radiograph. Sometimes a pin is required to help stabilize a fractured wing. Other surgical procedures may be necessary under anaesthetic .

Then there is the cost of drugs in the form of antibiotics, steroids, analgesics, tranquilizers etc.  Syringes, needles, crop feeding tubes and needles, antiseptics, sterilizers, sutures all cost money.


When caring for any form of wildlife three stages of care must be provided, admission/intensive care, rehabilitation, and pre-release.

In the case of birds and reptiles Chelonia mainly uses cat and dog carry boxes as admission/intensive care beds. Most of these ‘beds’ are fitted with heat pads to keep babies and sick patients warm, especially at night during the cooler weather.

A variety of larger cages are available for birds once they are old enough, or well enough, to be given a bit more space to move around and to get some fresh air. Birds are placed into larger cages appropriate to their size and condition, reptiles are placed in vivariums.

Once they are on the mend birds move out to one of the aviaries. Here hand reared babies learn to feed themselves and to build up flight muscles and skills. Adult birds resume a more natural diet and strengthen up weakened muscles ready for release back into the wild. Reptiles either move into the reptile pit, or into special cages where they can climb and forage.

Building and maintaining these facilities is extremely costly.