Seabird Rehabilitation Facility

A northern giant petrel being released after rehabilitation

A northern giant petrel being released after rehabilitation

As an island state, our coastlines support a rich variety of seabirds. Unfortunately these birds run into trouble from time to time, including entanglement in fishing line and debris, malnourishment, and attacks by dogs and cats.

It came to our attention in 2010 that there was only one seabird carer in Tasmania and that she was not able to cope with the numbers of birds in need. To help, Bonorong established Tasmania’s first seabird rehabilitation facility.

A key component of this, and first in the state is the large seawater pool, crucial for the successful rehabilitation of a number of species such as penguins that require re-waterproofing, and albatross that require “aqua-aerobics” for strengthening before they can be released.