Wildlife Rescue 1300 094 737

National Emergency Response and Recovery

WIRES, Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service, is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia, focused 100% on improving outcomes for Australian wildlife. WIRES has been actively rescuing, rehabilitating, and working to preserve Australian wildlife for over 35 years.

Post the Black Summer fires WIRES key objectives have been to increase national rescue and rehabilitation capacity, improve emergency wildlife response capability, and support species and habitat recovery projects. WIRES has collaborated extensively with government agencies, rescue organisations and research institutions to implement programs designed to improve rescue response, deliver best-practice rehabilitation outcomes, and support the long-term protection and conservation of native habitat and native species.


IMPROVING EMERGENCY RESPONSE

WIRES operates Australia's largest wildlife rescue office receiving over 180,000 calls to our 1300 094 737 number per annum. The rescue team has been expanded and is available 24/7 to assist the community nationally with wildlife information and rescue advice. WIRES works closely with the community, vets and rescue organisations around Australia to help rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned native animals.

WIRES has also developed a professional Emergency Response Team (ERT) with full-time Emergency Responders in QLD, NSW and TAS working closely with local volunteers to manage the high volumes of rescues during emergency situations. In NSW, WIRES has over 3,800 volunteers involved in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. In addition, WIRES is supporting wildlife organisations in QLD, NSW, SA and TAS with access to WIRES rescue communications platform to help facilitate faster rescues.

Key initiatives include:

View WIRES Flood Response 2022


INCREASING RESCUE AND REHABILITATION CAPACITY

WIRES has supported hundreds of national projects to increase wildlife rescue and rehabilitation capacity, including the provision of food for wildlife in care and the purchasing of medical supplies, rescue equipment, enclosures and facilities. After the Black Summer fires WIRES initiated Emergency Relief Grants that supported 223 projects across Australia and has since launched a new five-year National Grants Program designed to provide support to the rehabilitation sector.

WIRES has created a National Training Grants Program to support rescue organisations’ access to wildlife training to improve the skills of new and existing volunteers. There is a range of new courses planned for release in 2022. WIRES is also working closely with research institutions to identify and support programs to improve rehabilitation and release outcomes.

Key initiatives include:

View WIRES Training Grants Program, WIRES & Woolworths Programs and WIRES National Grants Program


SUPPORT SPECIES AND HABITAT RECOVERY PROJECTS

Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world and the series of unprecedented disaster events in recent years have taken an enormous toll on native species. We have experienced horrific droughts, fires, floods and extreme weather and scientists have confirmed that we will continue to experience more frequent, intense extreme weather events due to climate change. Long term and short-term solutions are needed to help native species recover from these disasters and reduce their future risk, and WIRES is collaborating with leading research institutions, government agencies and environment organisations, to identify the best programs and projects support national wildlife recovery, protection, preservation and conservation.

Key initiatives include:

View WIRES Landcare Program, WIRES National Grants Program, WIRES Research Grants Program


EMERGENCY FUND

The catastrophic 2019/2020 bushfires took an unprecedented toll on native animals and this crisis event was preceded by one of the worst droughts in Australia's history. The fires destroyed millions of hectares of critical wildlife habitat, and there are hundreds of species at risk of extinction. WIRES established an Emergency Fund to respond nationally to these disasters and support the long-term recovery of native species. The global support of WIRES work with wildlife has already delivered enormous impact for wildlife and we have many major projects in the pipeline. Learn More


PROJECT UPDATES

First step toward National Conservation AI Network underway

First step toward National Conservation AI Network underway

The first step toward building a national conservation AI network is underway, with the WildSeek Project: Community Wildlife Intelligence Hubs... read more

Vets Beyond Borders - upskilling the veterinary sector to help wildlife

Vets Beyond Borders - upskilling the veterinary sector to help wildlife

WIRES is working closely with Vets Beyond Borders (VBB) to ensure more vets and vet nurses can access specialised native... read more

Australian Wildlife Conservancy Project Update

Australian Wildlife Conservancy Project Update

Following the Black Summer bushfires WIRES provided funding to Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) to support three key projects. AWC has... read more

WIRES Emergency Response Team attends the Response, Recovery and Resilience Expo

WIRES Emergency Response Team attends the Response, Recovery and Resilience Expo

The WIRES Emergency Response Team attended the Response, Recovery and Resilience Expo, held at the Mittagong RSL on the 3rd... read more

WIRES attends the Conservation in Action Conference

WIRES attends the Conservation in Action Conference

The Conservation in Action Conference in Orange, NSW this month brought conservation leaders together nationwide. From presentations by government agencies... read more

50+ threatened species benefit from landmark Wildlife Grants Program

50+ threatened species benefit from landmark Wildlife Grants Program

Over 50 threatened fauna species including Regent Honeyeaters, Platypus, Koalas and Greater Bilbies have benefitted from the landmark WIRES Landcare... read more

Flood Emergency 2022

Flood Emergency 2022

As the floods recede and access becomes possible, our teams have continued to reach into flood affected areas to rescue... read more

WIRES Research Grants Program

WIRES Research Grants Program

WIRES has developed a $1.5 million research grants program to provide support for wildlife researchers across Australia. read more

2021 WIRES National Grant Program Grantees

2021 WIRES National Grant Program Grantees

WIRES has announced the 67 recipients of the 2021 WIRES National Grant Program whose projects aim to improve outcomes for... read more

University of Sydney Native Wildlife Health and Disease Research Grant Update

University of Sydney Native Wildlife Health and Disease Research Grant Update

WIRES is currently funding research at the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science to better understand and manage wildlife... read more

Phillip Island Nature Parks National Grant Update

Phillip Island Nature Parks National Grant Update

Phillip Island is home to a colony of over 1.4 million native short-tailed shearwaters! This migratory bird is protected and... read more

WIRES opens Greater Sydney’s largest purpose-built Koala Rehabilitation Centre

WIRES opens Greater Sydney’s largest purpose-built Koala Rehabilitation Centre

WIRES recently established the purpose-built Western Sydney University Koala Facility in Richmond NSW, to support our Hawkesbury branch in their... read more

Floods and Storms - Wildlife Assistance Advice

Floods and Storms - Wildlife Assistance Advice

As storms and heavy rain continue to cause widespread flooding, we are receiving calls to assist animals impacted by the... read more

Flying-fox Veterinary Vaccination Grant

Flying-fox Veterinary Vaccination Grant

Updated 21st March 2022Thank you to all the veterinary practices who applied for a WIRES Flying-Fox Veterinary Vaccination Grant in... read more

WIRES extends national support for koala research

WIRES extends national support for koala research

As part an ongoing commitment to protect and preserve koala species nationally, WIRES has announced a major grant to the... read more

WIRES Research Survey

WIRES Research Survey

If you work with Australian wildlife and their habitats, WIRES is interested in hearing from you! This survey will be... read more

Turtle Conservation

Turtle Conservation

November is Turtle Month and WIRES has announced it will be supporting more projects to address the vital conservation of... read more

2021 Wombat Day Announcement

2021 Wombat Day Announcement

To mark the official day of the Wombat, WIRES has announced a range of new initiatives to support this much... read more

Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

To help improve wildlife rescue and rehabilitation outcomes and help more animals faster throughout Tasmania, WIRES has been working closely... read more

WIRES Launches Major Grant Program for Wildlife Sector

WIRES Launches Major Grant Program for Wildlife Sector

WIRES has announced a $5million grants program to improve outcomes for Australia’s native wildlife. WIRES National Grant Program will be... read more

WIRES Introduces National Course for Sea Turtle Rescue

WIRES Introduces National Course for Sea Turtle Rescue

To mark National Threatened Species Day WIRES has launched a Sea Turtle Rescue Course as part of its National Training... read more

National Science Week: Conservation Ecology with Aussie Ark

National Science Week: Conservation Ecology with Aussie Ark

To celebrate #NationalScienceWeek we caught up with our partners AussieArk to talk about conservation ecology, threatened species and the Barrington... read more

NSW Rehabilitation Capacity Building Project

NSW Rehabilitation Capacity Building Project

WIRES is undergoing a comprehensive review of wildlife rehabilitation facilities across NSW.   This will lead into the biggest rehabilitation capacity... read more

Koala Health Hub | Project Update

Koala Health Hub | Project Update

Following the major 2019/20 bushfires, the Koala Health Hub (KHH) at the University of Sydney was the recipient of a... read more

Wildlife Research Grants Program

Wildlife Research Grants Program

WIRES has announced it will fund a $1.5 million wildlife research grants program to be launched early 2022. This program... read more

WIRES Supporting ARC in Emergency Response Capacity Building

WIRES Supporting ARC in Emergency Response Capacity Building

WIRES has announced $420,000 in funding for Animal Rescue Cooperative (ARC) to help improve national emergency response capabilities and provide... read more

Men's Sheds Helping Wildlife

Men's Sheds Helping Wildlife

Natural tree hollows are an increasingly scarce and valuable resource for many native species and for some they are essential.... read more

Australian Floods - Wildlife Assistance Advice

Australian Floods - Wildlife Assistance Advice

Extreme weather events can result in stress and shock for wildlife. As storms and heavy rain continue to lash Australia,... read more

RESCUE 101 – WIRES calls for more volunteers

RESCUE 101 – WIRES calls for more volunteers

In response to a growing number of wildlife assistance calls WIRES has launched a new volunteer program, Rescue 101, making... read more

Official Opening of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Extension

Official Opening of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Extension

Just 12 months ago Australia was at the end of our worst fire season in history, which followed one of... read more

Make a Pledge For Our Fauna

Make a Pledge For Our Fauna

In collaboration with Vets For Climate Action we are taking time to remember the 3 billion native animals affected by... read more

Australia’s outdated environmental law urgently needs overhaul

Australia’s outdated environmental law urgently needs overhaul

The release of the 10-year independent review of environmental laws by Professor Graeme Samuel AC is the reform Australia desperately needs... read more

Australian Bushfires Impact and Recovery

Australian Bushfires Impact and Recovery

A year on from Australia’s worst bushfire season in history, WIRES and Bush Heritage Australia continue to work collaboratively across... read more

Official Opening of the Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary

Official Opening of the Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary

Official Opening of Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary © WIRES WIRES was invited to Aussie Ark for the official opening of their... read more

WIRES Introduces Vaccination Grants Program for Veterinary Clinics

WIRES Introduces Vaccination Grants Program for Veterinary Clinics

UPDATE: Applications for Round 1 have closed. Round 2 Applications are now open   please visit https://www.wires.org.au/veterinary-vaccination-grants to apply WIRES... read more

Visiting Aussie Ark

Visiting Aussie Ark

Eastern Quoll Joeys © WIRESMany native Australian species were already at risk of extinction, before approximately 3 billion native animals... read more

WIRES is Preparing for the Bushfire Season

WIRES is Preparing for the Bushfire Season

With the bushfire season fast approaching WIRES has been working on a range of initiatives and programs in preparedness for... read more

Aussie Ark Partners with WIRES in Landmark Partnership for Australian Wildlife

Aussie Ark Partners with WIRES in Landmark Partnership for Australian Wildlife

WIRES has granted Aussie Ark $1,045,000 to support the long-term recovery of native threatened wildlife The funds will be directed towards... read more

WIRES Launches Water for Wildlife Project

WIRES Launches Water for Wildlife Project

WIRES is proud to announce the Water for Wildlife collaboration that will build and distribute $1 million worth of arboreal... read more

WIRES Water for Wildlife Project

WIRES Water for Wildlife Project

WIRES Water for Wildlife collaboration will build and distribute $1 million worth of arboreal water stations for native wildlife. The... read more

WIRES Partner with Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to Help Wildlife

WIRES Partner with Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to Help Wildlife

Image: Steve Holland PhotographyWIRES is proud to be supporting Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, Queensland to expand its facility and be equipped... read more

WIRES and AWC

WIRES and AWC

WIRES and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) have joined forces to help save threatened Australian wildlife in response to the... read more

WIRES and Landcare Australia award $1.185 million to 64 groups across the country in post-bushfire wildlife habitat regeneration

WIRES and Landcare Australia award $1.185 million to 64 groups across the country in post-bushfire wildlife habitat regeneration

Monday July 13 2020: WIRES and Landcare Australia have announced that 64 environmental groups across the country will benefit from... read more

WIRES uses bushfire donations to support University koala research

WIRES uses bushfire donations to support University koala research

WIRES has announced a three-year grant to the Koala Health Hub (KHH) a University of Sydney initiative to support koala... read more

WIRES uses bushfire donations to support University koala research

WIRES uses bushfire donations to support University koala research

WIRES has announced a three-year grant to the Koala Health Hub (KHH) a University of Sydney's School of Veterinary Science... read more

Emergency Relief Grants Overview

Emergency Relief Grants Overview

The first week of January 2020 was one of the worst in our history, as the ongoing tragic toll of... read more

 Supporting Emergency Vet Care

Supporting Emergency Vet Care

The emergency events over the last spring and summer were some of the worst ever experienced. Many vets were inundated with... read more

WIRES and ARC Helping Wildlife

WIRES and ARC Helping Wildlife

WIRES have been working closely with ARC, the Animal Rescue Cooperative, during and in the aftermath of the bushfires that... read more

WIRES Landcare Wildlife Relief and Recovery Grants Program

WIRES Landcare Wildlife Relief and Recovery Grants Program

WIRES and Landcare Australia have joined forces in a landmark $1million partnership supporting recovery of wildlife habitats impacted by bushfire... read more

WIRES and Landcare Join Forces

WIRES and Landcare Join Forces

WIRES and Landcare Australia are delighted to announce a landmark $1 million partnership supporting the recovery of wildlife habitats impacted... read more

Water Stations for Wildlife

Water Stations for Wildlife

Due to the tragic fires and drought surviving wildlife in the wild have been facing significant challenges. Additional access to... read more

WIRES Emergency Wildlife Relief and Recovery Plans

WIRES Emergency Wildlife Relief and Recovery Plans

In the aftermath of Australia’s devastating bushfires and drought, WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue and Education Service Inc) has... read more

The Ripper Alliance Partnership

The Ripper Alliance Partnership

WIRES has partnered with The Ripper Alliance investing $150,000, with the generous support of Westpac, in a six-month trial to... read more

WIRES announce 3 Million Dollars for Emergency Wildlife Rescue and Care

WIRES announce 3 Million Dollars for Emergency Wildlife Rescue and Care

NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) has launched two national emergency relief grants programs to support volunteers assisting... read more

Over 1 Billion Animals Lost

Over 1 Billion Animals Lost

After months of concurrent fires devasting Australia there are still dozens of fires burning in NSW alone.  During the worst... read more

Emergency Help Requests

Emergency Help Requests

During the emergency events underway in Australia WIRES have received an overwhelming amount of calls, enquiries and offers of help from... read more

Statement from WIRES CEO, Leanne Taylor

Statement from WIRES CEO, Leanne Taylor

Statement from WIRES CEO, Leanne Taylor. For immediate release, 10th January, 2020. In what has become one of Australia’s most... read more

Emergency Update January 2020

Emergency Update January 2020

It is with shock that we continue to face the unfolding fire and drought catastrophe in NSW and Australia. Over... read more

Emergency Donations to Help Wildlife

Emergency Donations to Help Wildlife

Updated 6th Feb During the worst drought on record, catastrophic fires have ravaged Australia for months. Over 4.9 million hectares of... read more

Emergency Wildlife Rescue Advice

Emergency Wildlife Rescue Advice

NSW is again in a State of Emergency, there are currently 135 fires still burning in NSW, over 4 million... read more

Unrelenting Fire Emergency

Unrelenting Fire Emergency

Over 2 million hectares of land have been burnt, dozens of fires are still burning and we are now bracing... read more

NSW Fire Catastrophe

NSW Fire Catastrophe

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has declared a state of emergency due to the catastrophic fire conditions.  The state is facing... read more

WIRES Major Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Recovery Partners

Animal Rescue Cooperative
Animal Rescue Cooperative
Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Australian Wildlife Conservancy
AussieArk
AussieArk
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital
Landcare Australia
Landcare Australia
The University of Sydney
The University of Sydney