Sandra Sanders, The Kangaroo Next Door (Documentary 2020)
The story of suburban wildlife carers is not a story about wildlife, or about humans. It is about the special relationship between them, formed in the aftermath of post-industrial urban sprawl. Kangaroos are threatened by over-development and the resulting destruction of habitats and risk of being hit by cars. Hundreds of families dotted across Melbourne’s suburban landscape moonlight as wildlife foster carers, looking after sick, injured, and orphaned native animals for months at a time. In this everyday suburban context, wild animals become unexpected members of the family.