Eastern Spinebill Eastern Spinebill Enjoying the nectar from a grevillea bush

Found an injured native animal? We're here to help.

Keep the animal contained, warm, quiet and undisturbed. Do not offer any food or water.

Call Sydney Wildlife immediately on 9413 4300, or take the animal to your nearest vet. Generally there is no charge. 

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Welcome to Sydney Wildlife

Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services Inc (Sydney Wildlife) was formed in May 1997, by a large group of experienced wildlife carers, to meet the specific needs of urban wildlife in the Sydney metropolitan area. 

We are licensed by NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned native animals and to educate the community, at all levels, about the need to protect our native animals and to preserve their habitats.  Our organisation is a registered charity and is operated entirely by volunteers.  We offer a 24-hours, 7-days rescue and advice service.

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Wildlife Carer courses are back online!

Sydney Wildlife Rescue's accreditation course for new members (for rescue and rehabilitation of native wildlife) is now held online.

Go here for all the details and to enrol.


Volunteering your time another way

There is a lot more to Sydney Wildlife than hands-on Rescue and Care animal work.  Animal lovers at all levels of fitness and expertise are needed for these jobs within the organisation: 

  Working on the Helpline

We need volunteers to help on our Emergency Helpline - filling four-hour shifts, answering calls from the public.  From 9am to 5pm, calls are taken in our Head Office in Lane Cove National Park.  With the proper training, you may wish to volunteer directing rescuers to the animals in need.

Collect Foliage or Cut Fruit for Animals in Care

You may not have time or space to care for wildlife at home but you can help those who do. Foliage is constantly needed as food or habitat for animals in care. A local, willing pair of hands to gather the particular ‘browse’ required or cut fruit for our bats in care lets a carer concentrate on tending the animals.


We always need nesting boxes designed, constructed or installed; donated aviaries transported, erected or adapted; modification and improvements to any and every aspect of infrastructure that helps us do what we do. Tell us how you can help.

Animal transport

Whether moving boxed injured animals from a member of the public to a vet or taking an animal from the vet to a carer, you are improving its chances of survival. This work is invaluable and could suit someone who enjoys the interaction and wants to lighten the load for our busy carers.


Register to offer yourself for one of these valuable contributions and someone will contact you with further details - Fill out the registration form under "Become a Carer" > "Upcoming Courses".

OR - Email training@sydneywildlife.org.au if you think you can help in a different way.

Update on Sydney Wildlife's Mobile Clinic

Sydney Wildlife Rescue has established a MOBILE CARE UNIT, run by volunteer vets and Sydney Wildlife members, to provide expert treatment to our injured wildlife. This is the first of its kind for wildlife and has already seen many patients.

Read more about Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic

Help us care for Sydney’s native animals by:

Becoming a rescuer/carer

To become a rescuer/carer you will need to complete a two day Rescue & Care training course. Courses are held on weekends.

Joining our mailing list

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Working on our rescue hotline in Lane Cove National Park

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