Why Become a Carer:
You are giving something back to the natural environment
It creates a personal connection to wildlife and the natural environment
In some small way, you are balancing the impact we as humans have on their habitat
The reward of seeing a healthy animal that you have cared for, being returned to the wild
Different Types of Caring
Being a transport person or providing emergency first aid within the first 24 hours
Providing initial care within the first 72 hours (short term)
Specialising in certain species such as birds, possums, bats or reptiles
Long-term care of animals who require ongoing medication or intensive care or rearing from young to adult
Providing a soft release site where on-going monitoring can occur from a distance
Can become a carer in own right by obtaining an individual permit from ehp or operate under an endorsed group, such as MWCEC
Getting Started As A Carer
Learn as much as you can about the animal(s) you wish to care for – read, google it!, attend training courses, talk to other carers, ask Boobook carers questions, etc.
Start collecting the supplies you are going to need (see list below)
Register with MWCEC carers group by completing the members form
Attend the compulsory inductions and initial training
Prepare your home – For example, designate a room that will allow you to separate wildlife from domestic pets
Keep a ‘rescue kit’ in your car – box, towels, gloves
If you would like to know more about how you can help please send us an enquiry today and one of our team will contact you.
If you would like to become a member please complete our membership application form.
If you would like to be a hands-on carer you will need to complete a permit endorsement application, as well as completing the membership application.
MWCEC membership costs $10 annually (July-June). You can pay in person, by direct deposit or online using the link below.
Box and/or pet carrier
Hot water bottle or heat pack/pad
Old towels and pillowcases
Syringes for feeding
Small supply of food, i.e. Wombaroo
Water and food containers
Q. What sort of animals will I be able to care for?
This is up to you and what you are prepared to care for. Considerations will include having the relevant experience, how much time are you able to commit, suitable housing and equipment, etc.
If in doubt, just ask!
Q. If I have questions or problems, who do I contact?
Contact our 24/7 phone number on 0458 624 760 or via email:
Q. How old do you have to be to become a carer?
You must be 18 years of age to care for wildlife in your own right. Those under 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Q. What if I can no longer be a Wildlife Carer?
Circumstances change and that is no problem! Just let us know and we will help out with settling wildlife in care with others in the group.
Q. Who pays to rescue and rehabilitate our wildlife?
Wildlife rescue and care is not funded by the government so it is the individual rescuer/carer who foots most of the bill.
The Code of Practice
Exerts from the Code of Practice – Care and Rehabilitation of Orphaned, Sick or Injured Protected Animals by Wildlife Care Volunteers
All native birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians in Queensland are protected.
The basic requirements for the well-being of native animals are:
- freedom to exhibit normal animal behaviour to the extent possible in a captive environment;
- sufficient area of appropriate quality to maintain their well-being and allow them to exhibit natural behaviour;
- protection from predation;
- protection from injury and disease, including the provision of veterinary treatment;
- protection from extremes of climate, particularly when young or injured;
- protection from pain, distress, suffering, and injury; and
- appropriate and sufficient food and water to sustain health and vitality
The following animals are specialists and require specific permits:
- Flying-foxes and Microbats
Prompt veterinary treatment is vital to ensure the welfare of orphaned, sick or injured wildlife
Human health risks: diseases transmissible between animals and humans (zoonotic diseases) that can cause illness and disease include:
- Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABL);
- Q fever;
- ornithosis (Psittacosis);
- lice; and
Euthanasia of wildlife may be necessary
The animal must be released as near as possible to the point of origin. If the habitat has been destroyed, the animal must be released five (5) km of the capture site.
When releasing an animal, attention must be paid to a number of factors, including weather conditions, seasonal conditions and the animal’s ecology. More particularly, the animal should be released:
- into a suitable habitat with adequate food supply.
- in appropriate weather, season and time of day. This is particularly important for migratory species.
- under circumstances which will not cause additional stress, such as extremes of weather, the wrong time of day (i.e. nocturnal animals).
- in the appropriate social group. Some animals fare better if released into social groups.