Injured, sick or orphaned wildlife

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0432 300 033

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release

Caring for native wildlife in ACT

Photograph by Peter Hammond

Latest news

Have you found a baby bird?

Spring is when baby birds leave their nests and can be ‘kidnapped’ by well meaning people. 

BUT healthy baby birds have a much better chance of survival when left in their natural environment with their parents.

Only rescue them if they are injured or sick.

Dangers of Netting for Wildlife

From 1 September 2021 Victoria has legislated that netting must comply with Victoria’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (POCTA) Regulations 2019. ACT Wildlife would like to see this applied in the ACT as many of our native bats and birds become entangled in unsafe netting.

About Us

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.

Get Involved

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.

Found an Animal?

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.

Important points:

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.  Under the ACT government’s plan, all new cats obtained by owners after July 1, 2022 will have to be contained, regardless of which suburb they live in.

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.

Meet Princess

Princess, a joey common brushtail possum, came to ACT Wildlife on the 11th of February. She was found on the ground at the Tent Embassy by a member of the public that called ACT Wildlife, she was 186gms.  
When she came in she was very unwell and not feeding, Cheryle leFevre (Possum Co-ordinator)  stabilised her, and had her eating well and gaining weight (238gms) by the 4th of March when she came to me (Kate) for ongoing care to release.
Once she was a little over a kg, she was released back to the Tent Embassy in a purpose-made log home (bought from Tallong NSW) on the 22nd of July. The member of the public that found her was so happy to have her back.

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