Wildlife Care

Reporting Sick or Injured Wildlife during COVID-19

COVID-19 is changing our day-to-day routines, procedures and interactions. This includes what to do when you encounter sick or injured wildlife. Please see COVID-19 Wildlife Rescue advice on what to do to ensure the animal, the rescuer and yourself can stay safe.

If you do come across injured wildlife, contact a wildlife care organisation. Only stop and assist an animal if it is safe to do so.

To report sick or injured wildlife, contact:

Wildlife Rescue South Coast

24 Hour Hotline - 0418 427 214

WIRES

13 000 WIRES or 1300 094 737

Please see COVID-19 Wildlife Rescue advice on what to do to ensure the animal, the rescuer and yourself can stay safe.

Assisting Wildlife after Bushfires

Significant areas of native vegetation in the Shire have been impacted by Bushfires (Summer 2019-2020).

Bushfire has direct and indirect effects on native wildlife. Some animals die in a fire and other animals that survive can struggle to find habitat and food for a while. Despite the often confronting image of burnt bushland immediately following a fire, there always is bushland within the landscape areas which remain unburnt. These areas act as refuges for native wildlife and enable wildlife populations to re-establish in burnt areas over time. Small unburnt refuge areas also can be found in most bushfire effected vegetation.

It's a natural feeling for us to want to help wildlife which have survived a fire. 

The most valuable action we can take is to ensure that any injured native animals are quickly reported and taken into care if possible. See links and information below on how to do this. 

In times of natural disaster when natural food resources are scarce, you may also want to help by providing food and water until nature recovers. 

The NSW Department of Industry, Planning and Environment has put together the 'Helping Wildlife in Emergencies' web page. This resource includes important considerations for interested individuals when providing food and water for native wildlife as well as when providing food and water is no longer needed.

Community members wishing to volunteer or donate to local wildlife carers should refrain from using injured wildlife hotlines. They should instead submit their interest via email or donate using the online donations platforms found on wildlife carer websites (see below: Wildlife Carers and Treatment Providers).

Assisting Wildlife in Emergencies 

The NSW Department of Industry, Planning and Environment has put together the 'Helping Wildlife in Emergencies' web page. 

This resource includes important considerations for interested individuals when providing food and water for native wildlife as well as when providing food and water is no longer needed.

Community members wishing to volunteer or donate to local wildlife carers should refrain from using injured wildlife hotlines. They should instead submit their interest via email or donate using the online donations platforms found on wildlife carer websites.

Nest Boxes

In areas where natural tree hollows are scarce, nest boxes may be used as artificial hollows for many hollow-dependent fauna species. It is important to recognise that whilst nest boxes may increase habitat for many fauna species, they should not be considered a replacement for natural tree hollows. 

To assist you or your group with deciding whether a nest box is suitable, please review this Nest Box Guide: Should you install a nest box?

Care and Rehabilitation of Injured Wildlife

The Southern Highlands is home to a number of remarkable people that devote a significant part of their lives to caring for and rehabilitating our sick and injured native animals.

Whilst rehabilitating animals such as koalas, birds, wombats, and kangaroos is often a very enjoyable and personally satisfying activity, it is worth remembering that there are significant financial costs associated with this work, i.e; purchasing medicines, blankets, food, fuel, cages, enclosures, etc.

Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project

Wildlife Carers and Treatment Providers

A list of some of the trained & licensed local wildlife carers and treatment providers is given below - community support is always appreciated. 

Southern Highlands - Wildlife Carers

Woody & Kerstin - Native Wildlife Rescue

(under license to Wildlife Rescue South Coast)

 Mobile: 0412 002 400

 Email: richard.woodman7000@gmail.com

 Website: nativewildliferescue.org.au and www.wildlife-rescue.org.au

Peg McDonald - Higher Ground Raptor Centre (under license to Wildlife Rescue South Coast)

Phone: 4887 7660

Mobile: 0484 195 888

Website: www.highergroundraptors.com

Facebook: facebook.com/highergroundraptors

Penny Walsh - Iloura Park Wildlife Rehabilitation (under license to WIRES)

Mobile: 0400 324 322

Email: pennywalsh@live.com.au

Website: www.wires.org.au/branch/wingecarribee

Greg Pointing & Justine King - Dimmocks Retreat Wildlife Rehabilitation & Rescue (under license to Wildlife Rescue South Coast)

Phone: 4883 6889

Email: email@dimmocksretreat.com.au

Website: www.dimmocksretreat.com.au

Facebook: facebook.com/dimmocksretreat

Wombat Mange Management (in situ treatment)

John Creighton - Wombat Care Bundanoon (permit holder with the Wombat Protection Society of Australia)

Mobile: 0490 659 245

Email: wombatcarebundanoon@gmail.com

Website: www.wombatcarebundanoon.com.au