Wildlife emergencies

Contact the department to report wildlife emergencies relating to:

  • cassowaries
  • crocodiles in Queensland
  • incidents where a person has been bitten or scratched by a bat or has had bat saliva or neural tissue come into contact with their eyes or other mucous membrane surfaces (e.g. inside the mouth)

To report all other wildlife emergencies such as sick, injured or orphaned animals, marine animal strikes or strandings, contact RSPCA Qld.

And somewhere nearby… there’s wildlife

Whether it’s your backyard or a remote national park, one thing is certain: there is a native animal somewhere nearby. It may be as inconspicuous as a tiny spider tucked up in the corner of your ceiling or something more imposing like a three metre carpet python coiled around a roof truss in your carport.

We cross paths with wild animals throughout our lives—from our first encounters with storybook animals to those chance meetings with wildlife in the wild places where they live.

These encounters are most likely to be with animals that attract our attention: the colourful, the big, the unusual—and the few that find ways to annoy us or even put our safety at risk.

But there are the many animals we don’t notice and these are often the ones that are so common that they simply blend into the background noise of daily life. These animals are just waiting to be ‘discovered’—all you have to do is stop and look. Curiosity and wildlife go hand in hand.

This part of the website is all about learning: learning how to understand and appreciate the wildlife around you and, more importantly, how to live safely alongside it.

Learning starts by asking the right questions:

This website will help you answer these questions. But no website has all the answers and, when it comes to learning about wildlife, you will need to link up with other ‘sites’… like your backyard, your local bushland, or your nearest national park.

For a fun activity at home or school, download and print out our colouring in sheet (PDF, 321.0KB) resource (crocodile, dugong, marine turtle, dolphin and humpback whale) to learn more about Queensland animals.

Native animal keeping licence

From 22 August 2020, apply for a Standard, Specialised or Advanced licence.