All native animals are protected by law.
Injured animals on public property - Call 1300 ANIMAL
RSPCA call centre manages these calls and will attend or refer to local wildlife or domestic organisations, animal carers or wildlife rehabilitation.
For more information, see RSPCA Queensland - Animal emergencies
Wildlife first aid
For immediate first aid advice, visit Department of Environment & Resource Management
For common species, wildlife rescue, care and rehabilitation is primarily undertaken for welfare reasons rather than for conservation. The overall aim should always be to care properly for the animal and rehabilitate it for release back to the natural environment.
If you find an injured or sick animal, please contact your local wildlife carer organisation as soon as possible.
- Wildlife Volunteers (WILVOS)
A volunteer-run wildlife rescue service provided to the general public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phone (07) 5441 6200
- Marine Strandings Hotline
Report stranded marine wildlife including alive or dead turtles, whales & dugong. Phone 1300 264 625
- FAUNA (Fostercare of Australia's Unique Native Animals) Association Inc
24 hour / 7 day a week emergency service for sick, injured & orphaned native wildlife. Phone 1300 FAUNA 1 or (07) 5466 5540
- Bribie and District Wildlife Rescue Inc
Rescue and rehabilitation of birds, possums and other wildlife on Bribie Island and surrounding areas. Phone: 0400 836 592
For contact details of licensed wildlife carers in your area, contact the Department of Environment and Resource Management on 1300 130 372 (select option 1).
If you see an injured koala contact:
If a dog is harrassing a koala, contact Council.
Accidents & injuries
Accidents involving native animals and motor vehicles are a common occurrence. Ground-dwelling species such as bandicoots, wallabies and echidnas are often hit by cars when crossing roads.
Habitat loss caused by vegetation clearing leaves native animals stressed and disorientated. Displaced animals wander through unfamiliar territory searching for safe shelter and are at very high risk of motor vehicle strikes during this time.
Koalas, possums, birds, snakes and frogs are also regular road victims. Native animals are especially at risk at night (many species are nocturnal), during their breeding season, and when leaving the care of their parents (i.e. dispersing, fledging).