Monty's Rest is the final resting place of Monty.
Monty was an Eastern Grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) pinkie when he was rescued. He had no fur and his eyes were still closed.
A friend of the owners of Monty Rest Wildlife Refuge, John and Sandra, presented John with a home made pouch which had Monty in it. This good friend explained the Joey did not have anyone to care for it. She told John what to feed it, what temperature to maintain for Monty to keep healthy, she said his name is Monty because he is naked (full Monty). Then she handed John the pouch, said Happy Birthday and good luck.
John and Sandra raised Monty until he reached the age of 3 years of age. He had cataracts in both eyes but managed to live a normal life. At age 3 he was attacked by another person's dogs and died from the injuries.
Shortly after this incident John and Sandra bought 33 hectares of mainly native forest in the Abercrombie River National Park. This land was registered with NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Refuge and named Monty's Rest, as this is where Monty has been laid to rest and is missed greatly.
That was 18 years ago and having been privileged to care for Monty, Sandra and John became full time permanent wildlife rescuers and Rehabilitators.
Many hundreds of native animals both injured and orphaned have come to Monty's Rest and now live full productive lives in the wild as they should.
Currently 30 orphaned and injured animals are being cared for but that number will change by increasing almost daily. The number rises seasonally but the yearly average is 31 animals in care year round.
Monty's Rest is where the land and forest is maintained in its natural state. Conservation of the ecology is important to enable the animals to reach their full potential as wild animals within an environment that provides all the elements that nature intended.
Only by providing a natural habitat can native animals that have had to come into contact with people on a care basis, be rehabilitated to return to their natural wild state.
Without dedication and conservation many more Australian Native Animals will become extinct.
Our beloved Eastern Grey Kangaroo Macropus giganteus is listed in the IUCN red list as least concern. At Monty's Rest we believe that they, and many more species of Australian native animals are threatened and that is why we have dedicated our lives to saving as many Orphaned and injured native animals as we can.