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Giving Hunter’s Wildlife a Second Chance

Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF Inc.) 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.

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

Hunter’s wildlife needs your support. Fill out an application form today (2016-2017-membership-application-form), 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.

Rescue Helpline

  24 Hour Helpline  

For emergency advice and rescue phone

0418 628 483

Hunter Wildlife Rescue operate a home-based hotline.

Our operators can provide advice in all aspects of native animal rescue.

Disaster Search and Rescue

Disaster Search and Rescue

Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) conducts search and rescue activities after natural and man-made disasters that impact on Hunter wildlife.

Find out more about the impact on wildlife from
>   Bushfires
>   Storms and floods
>   Heat Stress events
>   Oil spills

Sponsor Me


Meet Eroll who was hit by a car and sustained a broken wing and some head trauma. With the support of our local vets, his wing has been pinned and he is making a slow recovery.   You can help by clicking here

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.



At this time of year, the Hunter Wildlife Rescue responds to over 2000 calls a month, for advice and assistance from the general public. 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.