Have you come across an injured, sick or orphaned native animal? Call our emergency rescue line 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Become A Member

Hunter Wildlife Rescue Volunteer

Hunter Wildlife Rescue is run entirely by dedicated volunteers. We have a range of roles available for everyone.

Support Our Mission

Donate To Hunter Wildlife Rescue Charity Tax-Deductible Not For Profit

As a registered charity, we rely on public donations to support the health and welfare of injured, sick, orphaned or distressed wildlife.

Rescue Advice

Injured Birds Rescue Advice

Read our general information and emergency advice for native species so you can be confident when helping them.

Making Our Mark

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Our rescuers and transporters are an integral part of our rescue network. With dozens of calls per day, we do our best to attend incidents in a timely manner. Rescuers are tasked with safely retrieving and containing any native wildlife that may require assistance before transporting to a carer or veterinary clinic.

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Dedicated carers work tirelessly to rehabilitate injured and sick wildlife and prepare them for re-release. Some animals require round-the-clock attention for their feed and medication needs to be met. Orphaned wildlife require gentle rearing and eventually pre-release training to teach them life skills they will need to survive.

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Our primary objective is to return all rehabilitated wildlife back to the area from which it came when they are healthy and are able to fend for themselves.​ Returning native wildlife to their natural habitat preserves the integrity of our ecosystems and the populations of unique native species that live within them.

45 Years Of Wildlife Care & Support

45 Years Of Wildlife Care & Support

Over 4 decades, our passionate and dedicated group of volunteers has worked tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate and release thousands of injured, sick, orphaned, and distressed native animals back into the wild as the first volunteer wildlife rescue group to operate in NSW.

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Wildlife We Support

Our volunteers rescue, rehabilitate and release native animals across Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Valley.

Threats To Native Wildlife

Volunteers may be called on to rescue wildlife with injuries, illness or abandonment associated with a multitude of risks native animals face.

Wildlife Whispers

Tune in to rescue stories from our volunteers, updates on animals in our care and information about native animals across the Hunter region.