Caring for wildlife

Dedicated volunteers have a long history of caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. In many instances, their care has helped redress some of the impacts of habitat clearing, vehicle strikes, dog attacks and even incidents of animal cruelty.

The commitment of these volunteers has seen thousands of wild animals rehabilitated and returned to the wild and made a real and practical contribution to wildlife conservation in Queensland.

To become a wildlife carer you must hold or be endorsed under a rehabilitation permit and meet the standards described in the Code of Practice—Care of Sick, Injured or Orphaned Protected Animals in Queensland. (PDF, 302.1KB)

There are a number of wildlife care groups in Queensland. RSPCA Queensland and the Queensland Wildlife Rehabilitation Council can provide information about these groups.

COVID-19 and caring for wildlife

For information on caring for wildlife and meeting COVID-19 safety requirements visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) and animals.