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If you find a distressed, injured or orphaned native animal or if you have an unwelcome native animal in your backyard or in your workplace call Wildlife Aid on 0429 850 089. They will arrange for the necessary rescue, relocation or foster care until the animal is ready for release back into the wild.

Wildlife Aid is manned by volunteers. It is a free service.

Native fauna does not respond well to human contact. The stress of handling can be fatal to an injured animal. Follow these basic tips below and call Wildlife Aid immediately. Even a short delay can affect the animal's chance of survival.

For small animals & birds
  • To reduce stress to the animal, keep domestic pets and children away.
  • Throw a towel over the animal and quickly pick it up.
  • Gently place in a well-ventilated box and cover the box with a towel or blanket.
  • If the animal is cold, put some warmth near, but not touching it. A bottle filled with hot water wrapped in a small towel will do.
  • Do not provide heat for echidnas or reptiles.
  • Oil covered animals should be placed in a cage or box with good ventilation so they are still able to breathe freely.
  • Place the box in a warm, dark, quiet place and do not disturb.
  • Do not try to give food or water as the animal may be in shock.
  • Call Wildlife Aid on 0429 850 089 or take it to a vet.

For large animals & birds of prey
  • Large animals and birds of prey are dangerous to approach and handle.
  • To reduce stress to the animal, keep domestic pets and children away.
  • Call Wildlife Aid on 0429 850 089.
  • If possible keep track of the animal until a rescuer arrives.

Do not provide food or water for a sick, injured or stressed animal. Native fauna require a specialised diet and have a minimal chance of survival without it. It is illegal to keep native fauna even if orphaned or injured, they must be passed on to a licensed rescue and rehabilitation group as soon as possible.



Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290