- Wildlife Info
DO NOT approach snakes, monitors, flying-foxes, microbats, large macropods or raptors.
These animals require specialist handling and MUST be rescued by trained wildlife rescuers.
All wildlife that is sick or injured needs to be assessed by a vet before coming into care.
It is critical to get sick and injured wildlife vet treatment as quickly as possible.
Most vets will take wildlife free of charge. If you can, please call the vet to let them know you are coming. Not all vets handle all species of wildlife but they will help wherever possible.
If you also let our Rescue Team know where you’ve taken the animal, WIRES will follow up directly with the vet, to bring the animal into care after it’s been vet assessed and received any vet care required.
Improper rescue can hurt or distress the animal and the rescuer which is why WIRES train all its volunteers. Please exercise caution when handling wildlife.
When reporting rescues to WIRES and vets please confirm the EXACT location where the animal was found.
Many young animals can possibly be reunited with their parents, if we know the exact location the animal was found. Many native animals are also very territorial and it is critical that we release them where they were found, when they are ready to release, to ensure their best chance of survival.
1) If you have found a sick, injured or orphaned animal, remove any threat to the animal.
This includes keeping all people and pets away from the native animal, to minimise stress to the animal for vet transport or until a rescuer arrives.
2) If it is safe to do so, please contain the animal in a warm, dark, quiet place.
For example, gently wrap the animal in a towel and place it in a ventilated box with a lid and transport it carefully to the nearest vet or wait for the rescuer to arrive.
3) Do not give the animal any food or water, unless instructed to by a vet or WIRES.
For more information on specific species, please visit our Wildlife Information page. You can also use the links below for extra information on common species:
If you contact WIRES after hours we will call you back early the next morning. Overnight, if it is safe to do so, please follow the instructions above and take any sick or injured wildlife to your nearest 24 hour vet.
Please remember: It is against the law to keep native animals taken from the wild. They must be passed on to an authorised carer with a licensed wildlife rescue organisation.
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