A huge Thank You to Wires for supporting and funding Hunter Wildlife Rescue with food for our fauna in care which will also help our carers whom work so hard caring for the fauna. The funding will now allow us to continue the food bank free still to all our approved fauna carers. Wires have donated $12,000 to go towards a WILDIFE FOOD account to be set up so HWR can purchase fauna food through Newcraft a fauna food suppler in Sydney. Also Wires have nominated and were successful in getting 5 Woolworths stores throughout the Hunter to supply free fruit , veggies and meat to help feed the fauna in care with HWR. This is been done under Wires National Food Grant project and we wish to thank Wires for their support and help and to say how grateful we are receiving this funding and support.
A huge Thank You to Wires for a $12,000 Donation for food for fauna in care and successful nomination for supply of food by Woolworths. Thank you Wires!

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.