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Wildlife Rescue 1300 094 737


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 has been rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife for over 30 years, beginning 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 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 90,000 rescue requests to help native animals in distress and WIRES can now receive up to 1,000 rescue requests for help a day during peak seasons, which are spring and summer. 

Whilst helping hundreds of thousands of community members with wildlife advice and rescue assistance annually, 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, fates and locations for rescue and release. Continously working on ways to help rescue more animals faster, WIRES has also implemented technology that enables the Rescue Office to instantly contact every available volunteer with the right training, in the right area, about outstanding rescues, using multiple devices.

Every year WIRES train hundreds of new volunteers in wildlife rescue and care and we are dedicated to the ongoing recruitment of new volunteers and the ongoing training of existing volunteers. 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. 

WIRES advanced Species Courses are available for WIRES volunteers, veterinary staff and licenced members of other wildlife rescue and care organisations. Advanced courses cover; macropods, wombats, flying-foxes and microbats, reptiles, birds, birds of prey (raptors), possums and gliders and other small mammals. 

WIRES is regularly requested to provide wildlife training for other organisations and professionals working with wildlife. WIRES also offers an extensive wildlife educational service to the community through our rescue office, website, social media platforms, talks to schools and community events.

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