Is it OK to feed wild animals?

Generally, it is not okay to feed wildlife. A moment's pleasure for you may result in future problems for animals and people.

  • Processed seeds, bread and other foods that are not part of an animal's natural diet can make them very sick.
  • Animals that expect to be fed by people can become aggressive, harassing people for food when they are hungry.
  • Hand-feeding can result in the transfer of illness: both to and from the animal.
  • Animals that are fed by people may also lose their ability to forage for natural foods.

Helping wildlife in emergencies

During an emergency such as prolonged drought, fire or flood some native animals may need short term help. Learn more about how you can assist them to access water, food or shelter until their natural environment recovers.

Feeding birds

Feeding native birds is not recommended as it can bring about many health problems and even an early death.

Other ways you can care for native birds and animals

Many people feed birds out of a misguided desire to care for them.