Rescue, Care, Rehabilitation

Injured or displaced wildlife need our help

Wildlife rehabilitation is undertaken by a network of dedicated and tireless volunteers who provide a valuable service to assist wild animals found in pain or distress. There are two types of licenced rehabilitator in Victoria: Wildlife Shelter Operators and Foster Carers. Both are licenced by DELWP.

Shelter operators are generally experienced carers who have the expertise and facilities to house a range of wildlife in need of care, including those with complex husbandry requirements. Foster carers are generally less experienced and are required to operate under the guidance of a nominated shelter operator and are only permitted to care for easy to look after species.

There are currently around 380 wildlife shelter operators and almost 400 foster carers authorised to rehabilitate wildlife in Victoria. Around 7,000 native animals are treated in Victorian shelters each year.