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.  The beauty of this program is that it is run by the community.

At present in Tasmania we are the roadkill capital of the world.  Over 500,000 animals were killed on our roads last year.  Help is desperately needed.

We run free training for interested members of the community on very basic wildlife rescue, transport and temporary care in order to have a database of names of people all around the state that can be on-call to help.  These are people who can get to an animal in need quickly and follow the right first aid steps in order to maximise chances of survival and relieve pain and stress for individual animals.

No obligation, but plenty of opportunities to be involved

Once you have completed the training, you go onto our contact list (if you are up for it!).  We will then 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!

We are also looking for people who can help with;

  • the building and maintenance of release enclosures
  • assistance for carers with their enclosures
  • sourcing and making animal pouches and blankets
  • making nest / possum boxes

The program is not limited to these things; they are just the beginning.  We want to get people helping out in any way they can.

On top of these things there are so many “gaps” that can be filled by individuals to make wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release so much easier for all involved.  At present it is done solely by wildlife carers.  These amazing people dedicate their entire lives to looking after animals that have come into their care due to incidents we all share a part in.

Even if you don’t like the idea of handling injured animals you can still be a wildlife rescuer!

Now is the time to be part of the solution

Everyone can be involved.  We are encouraging kids to get involved with parents and learn how they can help too.  We want to give everyone a way to help the wildlife they care about so much, so please… join now!

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“I had no idea what an important part of my life the rescue program would become.  Each time I rescue an animal I feel as if I am doing something that really matters, and to see it go off to the right wildlife carer, I know it is going to have the absolute best possible chance of surviving and being able to be returned to the bush.

“But as a carer the rescuers mean even more to me because each time a member responds to a call for a rescue it takes the pressure off, giving us more time to care for our little ones.  When I first approached Bonorong about becoming a carer, the carers did the rescues as well.”

– Linda Tabone, wildlife rescuer and carer, Brighton

“I cannot recommend becoming a rescuer enough, the people I have met and things I have been able to see as part of the team has been nothing short of amazing.  Bonorong’s rescue program is an amazing way to meet people and get up close to our beautiful native animals.  I am so appreciative of the time and support Bonorong has given to me in learning about our wildlife.  It is outstanding that a sanctuary like Bonorong has put huge amounts of their own time and funds to run a rescue service for our wildlife in need when most others stand by and do nothing.

“The responsibility belongs with all Tasmanians to conserve our precious fauna and Bonorong has made it so easy and practical for each of us to do our part.  A day I can help save one of our beautiful wild animals is always a good day.”

– Matt Barwick, wildlife rescuer, Launceston


For injured or orphaned wildlife, call 0447 264 625 any time of the day or night.