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Volunteer Week
May 20 to 26

ACT Wildlife was at the Volunteer Expo on the weekend. We thank our volunteers for running the stall and spreading the word about our wonderful wildlife.

We’re looking for new volunteers and there are many roles to fill: carers, rescuers, admin., you name it!

2 young possums in front of a nesting box

Joan McKay Exhibition

Touched by our fauna

22 May to 16 June, 2024

Artist and ACT Wildlife carer, Joan McKay, will be exhibiting her work at Strathnairn Gallery, Homestead 2 from 22 May to 16 June 2024. Joan’s exhibition is of local wildlife rendered on scratchboards. The delicate work of birds, wallabies and many other species are beautifully rendered. Find out more here

‘Snowy’ (above) was created from a reference photo Joan took of Snowy found orphaned near Brayshaws Hut in Namadgi. The bare trees in the background symbolise finding food in the wild. They are the tiny sprigs of ironbark eucalyptus she left near her food bowl after eating the leaves.

Joan McKay 2023 “Ironbark Snowy” scratchboard.

Sponsor A Species

Fantastic to catch up with Wildlife Warriors in the Sponsor a Species program recently!

We met carer Mark’s turtles and blue-tongue lizard, Deb’s possums, and Marg and Karen’s birds. 

Join Sponsor a Species and be invited to amazing wildlife talks: Get up close to our precious wildlife!

About Us

We are Canberra’s only multi-species 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.


Poisons used to kill rats and mice are threatening wildlife and their environment. They are also a threat to children and pets with consequences that can lead to death. Read the full document here outlining the dangers and how to reduce the risk.

This beautiful Barn Owl is being cared for by Ingrid. She explains: ‘The flight feathers are scraggy because the owl was hit by a car and snapped a bunch of them, and something pulled the tail out. It also sustained a big lump on the head but is recovering now.’ It will stay in care with Ingrid until it sheds some of the broken feathers and be ready for release.