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April 30, 2014 Attraction No Comments Email Email

unnamed (26)The Milk Factory Gallery and Wildlife Rescue South Coast Inc (WRSC) are delighted to bring to the Southern Highlands the 1st Annual Wildlife Gathering, which will be headlined by the exclusive photographic retrospective, “Rescued”, a limited presentation of Australian native wildlife in care and rehabilitation by the esteemed Australian nature photographer, Warren Wilson.

            The much-anticipated exhibit will run from August 2 – 31, 2014 and follows Wilson’s acclaimed  African Elephants “Tembo” retrospective, which was showcased at the Milk Factory Gallery in 2011.

A resident exhibitor and an advocate of Australian wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, Wilson’s stunning images featured in  “Rescued” will not only reveal the captivating animals’ fragility and plight but also their significant contribution to the natural splendour of the Southern Highlands region and beyond.

“The Milk Factory Gallery has long been a wildlife campaigner. The idea to feature a retrospective for the 1st Annual Wildlife unnamed (25)Gathering seemed a perfect way to celebrate the correlation between Warren Wilson’s poignant portraits of the native wildlife in care and Wildlife Rescue South Coast’s unwavering efforts to rehabilitate and release them back into the wild,” says Shirley Becke, Milk Factory Gallery’s director and curator.

Additionally, Ms Becke believes that Wilson’s emotive images and the ‘gathering’ of wildlife aficionados will further encourage the Southern Highlands community-at-large to support the organisation, either through the sale of the photographs, private donations or by simply dialling the Wildlife Rescue centre when an injured animal has been found.


Wilson’s unique view of native wildlife draws inspiration from the intimate connection he has with the animals in their natural habitat, a passion that has seen him photograph myriad wildlife around the world including Tanzania, where he captured the magnificence and wild beauty of the savannah elephants. By the same measure, his compelling photographic work in the Southern Highlands encapsulates the important elements of the region’s engagement with the wildlife and how volunteers at varying levels, help guarantee their survival.

Part of Warren Wilson and the Milk Factory Gallery’s exhibition’s proceeds will be donated to Wildlife Rescue South Coast and its Southern Highland operation.

unnamed (27)    “Wildlife Rescue South Coast is thrilled and honoured to have both Warren and the Milk Factory Gallery support our cause,” says Richard Woodman, WRSC’s regional co-ordinator.

“As native fauna is such an integral part of the region, our aim is to create a wider responsiveness with the community, especially when they come across an animal in distress.  Warren’s insightful and tender portraits will undoubtedly impart a wider level of appreciation and interest in wildlife welfare and give reason to celebrate their magnificence in the Australian bush,” adds Mr Woodman.

To request further information on the forthcoming, “Rescued” exhibition, please contact Shirley Becke on 0419617187 or email:

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