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End of Financial Year

ACT Wildlife receives more than 10,000 calls annually to its wildlife rescue hotline from the community seeking help and advice for injured, displaced or orphaned native animals.

ACT Wildlife is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. We rely on donations to help pay for our annual operating costs and to supplement expensive veterinary medications, equipment and food bills.

For the upcoming End of Financial Year (EOFY) 2023-2024, please consider donating to ACT Wildlife for a fully tax-deductible transaction.

This can easily be made through at actwildlife.net/donate/ or through the QR code below.

Have Your Say on ACT Conservation Laws

If you’re interested in protection of native animals and plants in the ACT, here’s your chance to have your say on our nature conservation laws.

The ACT Government is conducting a 10-year review of the Nature Conservation Act 2014. The Act protects native plants, animals and landscapes in the ACT.

As part of the review, the Government wants feedback from the public on the Act and the related ACT Nature Conservation Strategy.

The Act sets out the objectives for nature conservation in the ACT, while the Strategy has practical steps to achieve them.

How to have your say

Visit the ACT Government’s Review of the Nature Conservation Act to find out more.

The consultation page includes:

  • a downloadable discussion paper with key issues and opportunities to improve the Act
  • an online survey to provide feedback.

Consultation closes 1 July 2024.

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 www.strathnairn.com.au/joan-mckay-2024

‘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.

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:

FLEDGLING BIRDS DO NOT ALWAYS NEED RESCUING

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

KEEP YOUR FELINE FRIEND INSIDE

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.

PLEASE DO NOT FEED BIRDS

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.

BIRD NETTING DANGERS

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.

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY POISONING

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.

Microbat Facts

Microbats are not normally out and about during winter, instead they are in a torpor, which is a state where their bodies slow down and they ‘sleep’.

Occasionally on warmer winter nights, bats will wake up and fly around but they will then return to torpor until spring. When it is below 7 degrees Celcius overnight, it is unusual to see a bat. If you do see a bat in a state of torpor (sleeping) outdoors in the daytime in this period, please call for a rescuer or carer to collect it, as it is in the wrong place and won’t be able to hide itself from predators. 

Sometimes you might disturb torpid ‘sleeping’ bats in a winter clean up, or when moving firewood. If you can, leave the item they are sleeping in undisturbed. The bats should move on in springtime when the weather warms up, when there are more flying insects available for them to eat. If you would like some advice about microbats, call ACT Wildlife.

ACT Wildlife 24/7 phone 0432 300 033

Never handle a bat yourself, only trained, Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) vaccinated handlers may touch bats. While ABLV is a disease that is rare even among bats, it is transmitted by bites or scratches. By not handling the bat yourself, you will stay completely safe.