Become a Wildlife Carer

What is involved?

Our organization is always looking for more volunteers to ease the burden on our existing wildlife rehabilitators who care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in the Northern Tablelands. 

Although wildlife rehabilitation can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience, we must remember that the welfare of the animal is of the upmost priority.

The aim of the wildlife rehabilitator should be to rehabilitate the animal or raise it to a state of maturity such that it can be safely and successfully released back into its natural environment. 

We must always remember that they are wild animals and need to be treated as such.  Although it might be fun for us to have a “pet” wild animal, it is not fair to the WILDlife – we must always remember that they are wild and they must be able to be returned to the wild. 

To provide for the animal’s physical and psychological needs the rehabilitator must have appropriate training, adequate time, suitable facilities and be prepared to meet all the costs incurred, such as for food, housing and some veterinary expenses.

Download our electronic copy of an Information Booklet which we have put together which provides you with information that will assist you to determine if wildlife rehabilitation is for you.

What type of equipment do I need?

As a wildlife rehabilitator you will need some basic equipment to enable you to rescue sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.  A number of these items can be easily found around the house. 

Basic equipment that you will need to get started includes:-

  • Gloves (disposable and strong garden gloves)

  • Cardboard boxes of various sizes

  • Clean towels

  • Torch

  • Hot water bottle

  • Scissors

  • Blanket

  • Glucodin powder (you can purchase this from the supermarket or chemist for about $5)

As you become more experienced, you will find that you will add other items to your “rescue kit” including:-

  • Pet carrier or cage

  • Net for catching birds

  • Syringes (for feeding)

  • Tweezers

  • Thermometer

  • Electronic kitchen scales 

  • Coloured globes (red or blue) 25 and 40 watts

Once you have worked out which species you wish to care for, you will need to then look at building or acquiring appropriate facilities to house them.  

This might include cages, aviaries or yards for the specific type of animal that you are going to care for.   Aviaries and large cages should be set up with branches, both fixed and movable, for climbing and should be snake and rat proof.  

You will need to obtain daily access to a natural food source such as native trees and shrubs.

I’m ready…what now?

Once you have decided that you would like to become actively involved with Northern Tablelands Wildlife   as a wildlife rehabilitator, we suggest that you:-