Caring for native wildlife in ACT
Photograph by Peter Hammond
We are the only wildlife care group in the ACT that rescues, rehabilitates and releases native animals. As a not-for-profit and charity we rely on donations to support the work of our volunteers.
Volunteers are our backbone. We welcome you to help in all aspects of rescue and care of the common species in the ACT including behind the scenes work. Training is provided.
Call our 24/7 Hotline
0432 300 033
Gently place the animal in a box with a towel or cloth and keep it warm and quiet. If you are unable to contain the animal, please stay near it and call our hotline with directions for rescue.
Baby birds come out of their nests and cannot fly well for a few days. They are attended to by their parents during this time. Please watch from a distance and if you do not see parents then they may need to be rescued. This is usually not necessary. Call if you want to report an ‘abandoned’ magpie or bird – 0432 300 033
You can love your cat and wildlife too. ACT Wildlife supports cat containment in all suburbs of Canberra.
Birds, especially magpies are abundant in the ACT. They frequent places where people eat and because people feed them they begin to rely on this (inappropriate) food and demand it.
With fruit ripening on trees inappropriate netting traps birds and flying foxes. Netting should have holes that you cannot put your little finger through and be stretched on a frame away from the branches. This means that birds and flying foxes can land and take off from the netting. Otherwise they get hopelessly caught up in loose, sloppy nets. Protecting Wildlife Netting Brochure: Flying foxes should not be touched because of the danger of Lyssavirus, a fatal disease unless you are vaccinated. If you should be bitten or scratched you should attend the hospital emergency clinic immediately and leave rescue of the animal to vaccinated carers with ACT Wildlife.
See below for the importance of bats to our environment.
Pebbles, a red-necked wallaby, came into care in August 2019, when she was found at Paddy’s River, Tharwa, age 5 months, 660g. That is 5 months since she was born and moved into her mother’s pouch, the size of a jelly bean. We use weight and foot lengths to estimate ages.
The gorgeous little girl was cared for mainly by two carers and was buddied with two boys, Mallee and Jim Bob. She was weaned after her 1st birthday, almost 6kg. With Mallee she was transferred to a fox proof and bushed wallaby enclosure on another carer’s farm to grow over winter and was released with Mallee mid September 2020 into bushland at the back of the farm.
Lately, every couple of weeks she has been coming back to the farm with another wallaby for a visit. Maybe, one day in the future, with a joey. She was in care for 13 months and a real delight to care for.
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