Victoria University teacher Greg Gordon hopes Victoria's native animals won't need him much this bushfire season.
Greg is an animal technician lecturer at VU's Werribee Campus in the School of Sport and Science and also volunteers as regional coordinator of Wildlife Victoria, an organisation that provides 24-hour wildlife rescue and information. He helped save dozens of kangaroos, wombats, koalas, birds and possums during the state's worst bushfires that culminated in Black Saturday a year ago.
Unfortunately, for many of them it was too late, and attempted rescues turned into mercy killing.
"By the time we were escorted in to some areas, many animals were already goners and all we could do was put them down," he said. "We saw bats and possums falling out of trees."
Greg Gordon with lizard