Injured Wildlife

What to do

If you find an injured or orphaned native animal, call a wildlife rescue organization straight away:

Wires: 1300 094 737

Sydney Wildlife: 9473 4300



  • Handle the animal as little as possible to minimize stress.
  • Remove any threat to the animal. Keeep cats and dogs away.
  • Place a towel or blanket over the animal and gently place it in a box (cover the top) if it is safe to do so. Put the box in a warm, quiet, dark room.
  • Do not give food or water.


First Aid

WIRES: What to do with an injured animal - animal first aid

This also includes Special Emergency Advice for injured or entangled flying foxes or bats, and snakes.

Volunteers from wildlife organizations are specially trained to look after various native animals including birds and reptiles. They will look after the animal until it is ready to be returned to the wild. It is against the law to keep native animals taken from the wild.


Helping with animal rescue efforts

If you would like to volunteer as an animal rescuer, carer or give time or money to a wildilfe rescue organization visit - Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (WIRES).

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