Emergency Rescue Advice  – Wildlife

Detailed advice and information is available about wildlife in the Hunter.

Click on the headings below for lots of information and emergency advice.

Birds – AdultKookaburra with snack for orphan

  • Rescue information
  • Transportation
  • Handling
  • Short term care for adult birds – housing
  • Warmth
  • Wild capturing & handling
  • Special rescue situations
    • Magpies
    • Parrots
    • Small birds
    • Birds in swimming pools

Birds – Babies – What to do if you’ve find a baby bird

  • How can I find out if the fledgling is an orphan?
  • Download a “Found a Baby Bird?” pamphlet
  • You can reunite a baby bird with its parents
  • 4 steps to make a new home


  • Where are echidna found
  • Most common reasons for rescue
  • Important points to remember when rescuing
  • Natural food
  • Mating trains in breeding season

Flying Foxes (Fruit Bats)

  • What do they look like?
  • Information for rescuers
  • Most common reasons for rescue
  • What do they eat?
  • Disease – Who is at risk?
  • Threats from entanglement in wire – You Can Help!


  • What is a wombat
  • Information for rescuers
  • Joey wombats
  • Most common reason for rescue
  • Threats to wombats
  • Natural food
  • Wombats are not pets!

Birds of Prey – Raptors – Eagles, Osprey, Kites and more

  • What is a Raptor?
  • Osprey
  • Pacific Baza or Crested Hawk
  • Black Shouldered Hawk

Birds of Prey – Owls

Find out about:

  • Powerful Owls & Barn Owls
  • Where they live
  • Breeding
  • Where does it live?
  • What does it eat?

Living With Our Magpies

  • Be Aware – nesting season is here!
  • Informing others
  • Keep calm
  • Dismount
  • Tips to protect yourself

Orphaned brushtail

Possums & Gliders

  • Brushtail possums
  • Ringtail possums
  • Information for rescuers
  • Possums in roof cavity
  • Possum in a chimney
  • Most common reason for rescues
  • What do they eat?
  • Threats from entanglement in netting – You Can Help!

Cats & Wildlife

  • What can you do to stop cats killing our wildlife?
  • Wildlife most at risk from cats

Sea Turtles and Sea Snakes

Read the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment Code of Practice for injured and sick sea turtles and sea snakes here.