We, in the native wildlife care sector,
face a real challenge

The intensity of the volunteer effort in this unique sector is being delivered in a time of bleak outlook for the future of our natural ecosystems which are changing and shrinking as habitat destruction, climate change and human indifference weave together. Two Green Threads is being established to support this volunteer effort and the wildlife carers responding to these challenges.

Over the last five years in New South Wales alone, more than half a million native animals have been rescued, and the figure is growing. This means the pressure and personal draw on wildlife rehabilitation groups and individuals is increasing, and we need to be able to continue to respond to this demand.

This volunteer sector of native animal rescuers and rehabilitators are front line responders, providing an unrecognised powerhouse of energy and commitment that plays a part in the conservation of native animals.

While our compassion and drive to help our native wildlife have carried us far, it can be emotionally taxing, intensely time-consuming, and at times mentally and physically debilitating work. We are motivated by the need to ensure the future existence of native animals in our natural environment so…

…how do we build fitness for the long haul?

“Wildlife carers are a strategic national asset, and they need to be acknowledged and supported if their health and the public service they provide is not to be compromised.”

Source: Bruce Englefield, Melissa Starling and Paul McGreevy, 2018, Wildlife Research, 45, 103–118;
A review of roadkill rescue: who cares for the mental, physical and financial welfare of Australian wildlife carers?

Our solution – stimulate some action

Two Green Threads is on mission to inspire, support and rejuvenate the many individuals who invest so much of themselves helping native wildlife. We are here to remind them of their bravery in seeking to better this world, especially in those moments where frustration, grief, exhaustion or despair threaten to overwhelm.  We do not want them to lose their belief and confidence that the work they are doing is right, valued and effective.

The foundation stone of our movement is simple…  to build a supported and resilient tribe of individuals and wildlife groups…

We’re stronger when we stand together…

>> Learn more about the origin of Two Green Threads

Our three pillars of change

The Two Green Threads theory of change is that if we build a supportive community of resilient mental and physical individuals, then we can care for, and make a difference, to the welfare and existence of our native animals for the long term.

Two Green Threads is underpinned by three pillars of change (click the green dots below to view these pillars):

Sustaining Individuals

Being a volunteer in the wildlife rescue and rehab sector is often a consuming and intensive experience, which doesn’t always result in positive fluffy outcomes. Our desire to make a difference, yet having to cope with loss, can wear us down and sometimes make us feel very alone.  Our commitment to caring for native wildlife can sometimes lead us to choose either ‘them or me’. Two Green Threads is looking to help individuals understand that looking after yourself, whilst living your service to animals, enables you to build resilience and multiply the benefits for yourself and the animals you care so much about.

Building Community

Even though we may choose to more regularly engage with animals, belonging to a community provides a level of human connectedness that is innate.  We need to feel part of a community of like-minded people who feel the same stresses, hopes and joy. Our cohesiveness as a community can directly contribute to our personal morale, optimism and outlook.  Two Green Threads will offer tools to build a flourishing community that values and increases its capacity through connection and shared wildlife carer journeys.

Expanding Knowledge

Here at Two Green Threads we believe building self awareness and personal wildlife caring knowledge is more than just having self confidence.  We see it as mental health stabiliser that broadens perspective and helps build resilience. As wildlife carers we are often time poor, and may not be aware of the ways technology can offer modern means to learn, grow and connect. Two Green Threads will be a hub where people can access resources, share their experiences and expand knowledge; both personal and wildlife related.

Our vision for 2019

Two Green Threads has a vision to make a positive difference in the lives of wildlife carers at a critical point in time for wildlife conservation and natural ecosystems.  We are starting a much needed conversation about how to support the wildlife carer community, and will grow by collaborating with the volunteers powering this much needed service

Where are we starting?

The first two pages of this website marks the start of our launch of Two Green Threads.

Our launch has a three branch approach;

  • get the idea out there (happening as you read);
  • seek feedback and start connections (join in and complete the survey or make contact about partnerships); and
  • start with something practical (we will be releasing our ‘Refill Your Bucket’ campaign shortly which aims to build self awareness about the experiences and actions that empty and refill the ‘bucket’ of our individual wellbeing).

Let’s stand together

Two Green Threads has a vision to be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of those that support and care for wildlife, creating an energised connected community of people with a supportive spirit at a critical point in time for wildlife conservation and natural ecosystems.

We’ve raised our hand to be the catalyst for change in this sector. Join us in uniting a national community of carers so that people and the native animals they care for can survive and thrive together.

We’re in the process of launching. Fill in your details below to stay in touch as we roll-out over the coming months.

“Sometimes courage doesn’t roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.”

– Mary Ann Radmacher

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