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Giving Hunter’s Wildlife a Second Chance

The NATF Inc. Hunter Wildlife Rescue was the first wildlife rehabilitation organisation in NSW.  It began in 1978 and since then, has continued to provide support and assistance to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in the Hunter Region.

Each year, the 24 hour Rescue Hotline responds to over 14,000 calls for advice and assistance.  From our tiniest possums or gliders to our largest kangaroos or wombats, our iconic and threatened koalas or platypus to our birds and reptiles, Hunter Wildlife Rescue volunteers are ready to assist.

NATF Inc. Hunter Wildlife Rescue supports wildlife from Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest South in the Great Lakes area, south to Morriset on Lake Macquarie shores and includes Maitland, Cessnock, Newcastle and  Lake Macquarie LGAs.  

Hunter’s wildlife needs your support. Fill out an application form today, sponsor an animal or send your donation by following the links on this page. Find out more about how you can help Hunter’s wildlife.

See What We Do

See What We Do

Members of the NATF Wildlife Rescue Service respond to calls from the Emergency Hotline to provide assistance for wildlife that have been injured, are sick, orphaned or distressed.

Become a Member

Become a Member

Members can be actively involved in the Native Animal Trust Fund through and not limited to; Rescue, Disaster Relief, Release and Rehabilitation.



The disastrous fires in the Hunter are stretching the rescue group’s resources to the limit. The NATF relies on public donations to support the health and welfare of injured, sick, orphaned or distressed wildlife requiring rehabilitation in the Hunter Region. Donate to help save the wildlife.


News & Events

Rescue Stories

Tawny Frogmouth Takes Flight Again
Katie the Brushtail Possum
Loggerhead turtle hatchling
Draw24 – Great Help for Wildlife