Nature conservation

Native animals

How can I help an injured or sick penguin?

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Fishing hook and line caught in a little penguin’s foot. Photo: David Jenkins.

If you are concerned about the welfare of a penguin, please contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service Duty Officer on (02) 9457 9577 (available 24 hours, 7 days).

Injured or dead little penguins should be taken to Taronga Wildlife Hospital at the end of Whiting Beach Road, Mosman, between 8 am and 3 pm, all year around. Call (02) 9969 2777.

Otherwise, contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service Duty Officer.

Keep the injured penguins in a lidded box, cool, quiet and away from pets. Do not offer any food or water.

Dead penguins should be placed in a secure plastic bag and refrigerated (do not freeze), if possible.

This assists with the collection of tissue material to find out the cause of death.

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Page last updated: 21 April 2016