Sick or injured animals


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Who can I contact for help?

Who can help with an injured or sick native animal?

Responding to wildlife emergencies is a dangerous activity and untrained responders may cause harm to themselves or the animal. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) grants wildlife rehabilitation licences to groups and individuals who provide specialised services for injured and sick native animals.

Find out more about the rehabilitation of injured, sick or orphaned native animals.

Refer to the licensed fauna rehabilitation groups list for information about the appropriate group in your local area, or to find a specialist group (e.g. marine animals).

Contact your local NPWS area office

If you are unsure of what the best course of action might be, please contact your local National Parks area office.

Marine animals

If you come across an injured or sick marine mammal or reptile, please report it as soon as possible to EnviroLine on 131 555.

Marine Reptiles

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has published guidelines to assist its staff and other appropriately trained and licensed people when responding to reports of sick or injured marine reptiles. These guidelines explain how to rescue, rehabilitate and release marine reptiles, and how to report relevant information to OEH staff.

NPWS guidelines for marine reptile rescue, rehabilitation and release (PDF 985KB)

Page last updated: 20 September 2017