- Wildlife Info
WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) is Australia's largest wildlife rescue organisation.
WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.
The organisation started in 1985 in response to a glaring need for a native wildlife rescue service. At the time, no organisation, government or conservation group could take specific responsibility for native animal rescue and care. WIRES quickly established a coordinated network of wildlife carers and rescuers and was officially launched as an organisation in March 1986.
WIRES works under a license issued by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and WIRES Rescue Office can be reached 365 days a year by calling 1300 094 737 or filling in our report a rescue form.
In 1992, over 14,000 rescues were conducted. By June 1997, this grew to 38,000 animal rescues state-wide. In the last financial year WIRES received over 69,000 rescue requests to help native animals in distress and WIRES can now receive up to 400 rescue requests for help a day during peak seasons, which are spring and summer.
To help the community help more animals faster, WIRES launched a free wildlife rescue app in June 2014. It provides users immediate access to emergency wildlife rescue advice, the ability to find a nearby vet and the ability to report a rescue via the app or call directly through to our rescue team.
WIRES also responds to requests for help from businesses, the RSPCA, zoos, government departments, local councils, and the police.
WIRES has developed a comprehensive animal database that records information on types of animals, injuries and fates and locations for rescue and release.
Currently there are more than 2,500 WIRES volunteers authorised to rescue, rehabilitate and release. Training starts with the compulsory Rescue and Immediate Care Course, covering policies, licensing, animal identification, rescue and first aid. Experts also provide specialist training courses and set standards of care in areas such as macropods, flying foxes, reptiles, birds of prey (raptors), and possums.
WIRES also offers an extensive wildlife educational service to the community through our rescue office, talks to schools, community events and wildlife forums.