Meet Chris Barnes, a local Australian hero who has devoted his life to rescuing orphaned baby kangaroos in central Australia. The caretaker, who is nicknamed “Brolga” after the Aboriginal word for the mighty Australian crane, acts as a “surrogate mom” to nearly 30 kangaroos, including little joeys whose mothers were struck and killed by vehicles.
For the past decade, Brolga has worked tirelessly to rescue, raise, and care for these precious babies before safely releasing them back into the wild.
Despite his fame, Brolga remains a humble man who is content to lead a solitary life in the bush with his joeys. Each morning, he rises at dawn in his tin shack on the sanctuary so he can boil milk for the baby kangaroos, along with an orphaned camel that he raised.
Brolga’s next dream is to establish central Australia’s first wildlife hospital on the sanctuary. Learn more about how…
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