Pictured in the slideshow: the Keepers learning to knit, under the watchful eye of Joan Walser (the wife of Monkey Haven’s founder, Don Walser). You can also see Kookie the Kookaburra plus Oz, Sheila, Bill and Bong, our rescued Boobook owls – these beautiful birds are all native Australians.
Are you a knitting demon? Clever at crochet? Or handy with a sewing machine? Then come and join us any time in our Tea Room for free tea and biscuits and use your skills to help the animals suffering from the devastating bush fires across Australia.
We’re inviting you to knit joey pouches for kangaroos, wraps for bats, nests for rodents, and blankets and sweaters for the koalas and wombats. You’ll be joining crafters all over the world, who are being urged to pull together and follow patterns specially created by Australia’s Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild.
Head Keeper Lisa Walser says: “Our mission is to support creatures in crisis and although most of the Keepers are terrible at knitting, we hope that you can help us out! We feel a strong connection with Australia, as our much loved Kookaburras and Boobook owls are originally from ‘down under’. So many indigenous animals and birds have lost their homes and we want to do our bit.”
An estimated half a billion animals have died in the wildfires, and millions more have been injured or lost their homes.
Just show your knitting needles at the Tea Room to qualify for your cuppas. If you’d rather craft at home, then we’re also a drop-off point for your handmade items. So just pop them into us and join us for a free cuppa too! The items are being collected from Monkey Haven on the 20th January.
So ready, steady… knit!
- To download patterns and see what’s most in demand, please click here.