Photograph by Peter Hammond
The epic journey of Merindah the wombat
ACT Wildlife president and carer Lindy is interviewed for ABC Canberra Drive about Canberra’s famous wombat Merindah and her epic journey. Merindah was found with life-threatening injuries. Taken into the care of ACT Wildlife, she began to improve and things were looking up. That was before she escaped and went missing… Lost in the busy streets of suburban Canberra. Could the city find it’s famous wombat – before it was too late?
Become a 2023 Calendar Sponsor
ACT Wildlife’s calendar is a major fundraiser. Business owners, will you be part of the 2023 edition? Sponsor one of our months and get four weeks of exposure in a calendar seen by hundreds of local shoppers, and be part of saving wildlife. EOFY tax deductible too! Contact email@example.com for more info.
Bird-spotters needed to help bring Gang-gangs back from the brink
Calling all bird enthusiasts. Canberra woodland bird specialist Dr Laura Rayner is calling for help to spot one of the nation’s most iconic, yet threatened bird species – the Gang-gang cockatoo. Dr Rayner’s research is exploring whether the birds are breeding and she needs the help of citizen scientists to spot and report sightings of the birds overtime. Details can be found at The Riot Act.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Bunny the tawny frogmouth, rescued by our terrific volunteers. Bunny had an injured shoulder and was unable to lift into flight for a week.
Carer Manuela takes over: ‘Slowly he moved around the aviary and began to fold his wing into a normal position. He regained strength and flew at night from branch to branch. When he began to refuse being approached, even for a feed of mouse, it was time to be released, after 17 days in care.’
Birds are just one of the many species our dedicated volunteers rescue, rehabilitate and return to the wild.