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As well as caring for sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife, Sydney Wildlife is also involved in educating the community about native wildlife and its habitat. From kindergartens to retirement villages, community education packages are tailored to meet the specific needs of a wide range of audiences.

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We are licensed under Sydney Parks and Wildlife and are a charitable organisation fully run by volunteers, relying 100% on community donations. 

We also arrange community education about our native wildlife and its habitat, tailoring it to meet the specific needs of a wide range of audiences from kindergartens to retirement villages. 

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Rescue, Rehabilitate, & Release


Our goals are the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured and orphaned native wildlife as well as educating the community about wildlife and habitat preservation. Prospective members must complete a two day weekend, Rescue & Care Course. On successful completion of the course trainees become members of Sydney Wildlife and are issued with an annually renewable authority to rescue and foster care a range of native wildlife including a wide range of native birds, adult possums, turtles, and lizards. Once new members have gained some experience, further training is available for those wishing to care for baby animals and/or a range of other species such as bats, snakes, macropods (such as wallabies and kangaroos), and raptors.

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Wildlife Rescue/Advice Line


If you need immediate advice or assistance, please call our rescue line on 02 9413 4300. Answering the Rescue Line is interesting and rewarding - exposing members to a wide range of scenarios and rescue situations. The Rescue Line is the lifeblood of our organisation - if the phone isn't answered, animals don't get rescued. During the summer months, the phone lines are much busier due to all of the young animals beginning to learn how to be independent and due to higher heats which impacts the animals in the form of heat stroke. Whilst the colder months become quieter, there will always be animals that are in need of rescue, care, and rehabilitation.

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Sydney Wildlife Rescue 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. Our Mobile Care Unit has equipment and facilities to cope not only with the regular wildlife patients in the Sydney Metropolitan area (where it normally resides), but will be available to attend other catastrophic natural disasters such as heat stress events, fires, floods etc.

The Mobile Care Unit took its maiden voyage into the fire grounds on 11th January 2020.  We spent around three months travelling from the South Coast to the Blue Mountains and then to the Snowy-Monaro region, assisting with Search & Rescue, darting, triage, and treatment of injured animals.  When COVID struck, we had to bring the van back home to Sydney. Since then, we have been running regular ‘clinic days’ in the van on the Northern Beaches, outside the Coastal Environment Centre in Narrabeen.  Our three volunteer veterinarians have been examining, diagnosing, and treating a multitude of species – everything from bats and bandicoots to snakes and seabirds.

Many of our patients are tiny orphans that come in for weekly check-ups and weigh-ins.  Not everyone knows that bandicoots, gliders, and antechinus are marsupials.  We try to stress that if a marsupial is killed (either by vehicle strike or other means) their pouch-young can still remain intact and very much alive!  If you come across a deceased animal and are not sure if it has a pouch where joeys can reside, please contact Sydney Wildlife Rescue on 9413 4300 for advice.

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With thanks to our sponsors and friends so far. We could never have done this without you!

Listed in no particular order:

-Peter Sharp of Tame & Wild Studio in Davidson www.tameandwildstudio.com
-Pivot Creative in Cromer www.pivotcreative.com.au
-Mona Vale Vet Hospital www.monavalevet.com.au
-Karl Storz Endoscopy www.karlstorz.com.au
-Jayco Sydney www.jaycosydney.com.au
-Terrey Hills Animal Hospital www.terreyhillsvet.com.au
-The Harris Family in Belrose
-Tony Philps from the Lions Club Belrose and the Mens’ ShedSue
-Peter Glasson from Bayview Laurie Sword Graphics

And all the other wonderful people who gave their time and money to make this happen

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Education


Community Education is an essential part of Sydney Wildlife Rescue’s mission. Our aim is to increase public awareness about wildlife in their own locality. We recognise problems in living with wildlife, but we hope to offer solutions for living together in harmony. Some are the areas we focus on are:

- Identifying local wildlife
- Understanding the needs of wildlife
- Their habitat and homes
- Their safety from domestic and feral predators
- Their natural diet
- Recognising the dangers to wildlife in suburbia and how we can help
- Being aware on the road – vehicles are a big killer
- Using non-toxic pest control in the garden so we don’t poison wildlife
- Using wildlife friendly netting (fine holes) to protect our gardens
- Keeping cats and dogs under control – keeping cats indoors
- Learning how to help an injured animal – and how to contact Sydney Wildlife Rescue – or another wildlife group if out of Sydney

We have a dedicated team of members who regularly give wildlife education talks to many groups in the community. We have presentations suitable for all age groups from Pre-SChool to Nursing Homes! Talks are popular at schools, Scout and Guide groups, adult groups like Probus Clubs, Council residents groups, and Seniors’ Centres. As a bonus for us, we love to recruit new members from the ‘just retired’ cohort!

We also deliver information at stalls at local fairs, school events, Council events, and local shows. We can be contacted for talks or information stalls through our website (or direct via info@sydneywildlife.org.au) or phoning our 24hr rescue line – your call will be passed through to our Community Education Coordinator in your area.

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