Bonorong Wildlife Rescue
Bonorong operates Tasmania’s only 24-hour wildlife rescue service. This innovative program provides safety and care to thousands of animals every year.
We operate with the assistance of trained community rescuers and the devotion of hundreds of wildlife carers, all of whom donate considerable time, money and energy to helping wildlife in need.
Please call us if you need advice, help or find an animal in need. We can provide advice, assist in finding the nearest help for you and often we will have a rescuer close by who can provide assistance and transport for the animal.
If you find injured or
Keep the animal warm
Keep the animal dark
Keep the animal quiet
Keep handling to a minimum
Do not provide food or drink
Call us straight away for Advice
0447 264 625 (0447 ANIMAL)
if you have found an animal
If you're calling after 11pm, please keep calling as it sometimes takes a few rings for us to wake up!
The first few steps when you find injured or orphaned wildlife are always the same. They are all based around relieving stress!
Stress is a powerful killer and must be dealt with straight away. When you find an injured or orphaned animal, you are finding it in it's most stressful time - so keep this in mind.
Keep handing to an absolute minimum, ensure the animal is kept somewhere warm, dark and quiet, and never attempt to provide food or drink for a wild animal.
Consider keeping some simple items in your car such as a torch, gloves, pillow case, towel, beanie, and sturdy box to help if you do find wildlife. Having these items will make relieving stress a lot easier.
Please remember that our rescue service is based on voluntary responses from trained community members.
We love helping every single one of these phone calls but it is a group effort between those who have found the animals, Bonorong, our volunteers, vets and our amazing system of extremely dedicated wildlife carers around Tasmania.
if you would like to help
Bonorong Wildlife Rescue is Tasmania’s first community-run wildlife assistance service, designed to help our devoted wildlife carers and all the many native animals in need.
In Tasmania we are the roadkill capital of the world. Over 500,000 animals are killed on our roads on average, every year. Help is desperately needed.
Bonorong runs free training for interested members of the community on very basic wildlife rescue and transport in order to have a database of names of people all around the state that can be on-call to help.
There is no obligation to sign up after you complete the training, but there are certainly plenty of opportunities to be involved.
If you decide to volunteer for our service, we will send you a text message when there is an animal nearby in need.
You are under no obligation to respond to any particular rescue situation, but if you have the time then it’s first in best dressed!