Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What to do if you find sick, injured or orphaned wildlife

Contact Bonorong Wildlife Rescue on 0447 2​64 625 (all hours)

Bonorong Wildlife Rescue is a privately run, volunteer-based rescue service operating Tasmania-wide.

​​These four steps will increase the chances of successful release back into the wild:

  • Keep the animal is a warm, dark and quiet place

  • Do not feed it anything (this can do more harm than good)

  • Keep handling to a minimum

  • Keep away from people and domestic animals​

What happens next?

Depending on the circumstances of the animal there are a few steps that could happen next:

  • ​​A trained volunteer wildlife rescuer will contain the animal

  • The animal will be transported to a veterinary clinic for assessment

  • The animal will be placed with an experienced wildlife rehabilitator

Members of the community may be asked to hold wildlife for short periods, or even overnight, while the above steps can be arranged. 

It can be tempti​ng to care for the animal yourself, however, it must be looked after by a registered or permitted wildlife rehabilitator with the experience, training, skills, capacity and appropriate facilities to rehabilitate it for release back into the wild. 

​If you would like to become a rehabilitator see: Wildlife Rehabilitation in Tasmania.​

How can I help injured or orphaned w​ildlife?

​Make a donation

You can provide donations​​​ to organisations that assist with injured and orphaned wildlife, for example:

Your donations help injured and orphaned wildlife recieve the best care to enable them to be released back to the wild. 

​Make pouches or nest boxes

The Animal Rescue Cooperative (ARC) links members of the community with wildlife rehabilitators who need assistance. 

​​Become a wildlife rescuer

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary offers free rescue training throughout Tasmania.​ This is great way to voluntarily assist injured and orphaned wildlife when it suits you.

​Become a wildlife r​ehabilitator​

Being a wildlife rehabilitator is an ​activity that requires dedication to achieving the best outcomes for wildlife. This means dedicating your time, parts of your home and financial resources to wildlife. This role will not be suited to everyone. For more information see: Wildlife Rehabilitation in Tasmania​.​


Wildlife Services

GPO Box 44,
HOBART, TAS, 7001.