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Published May 13th 2015
Rescue and care for Australian native animals
Wildlife Victoria runs a volunteer based Emergency Response Service for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Volunteers do an amazing job caring for, and rescuing precious Australian native animals all over Victoria.
Last year alone, Wildlife Victoria responded to 70,000 calls to assist injured wildlife across the state and trained volunteers were involved in assisting 40,123 animals. Of those 5,495 were kangaroos and 9,857 were possums, mostly injured as a result of pet attacks.
Store this number on your phone in case of an emergency involving wildlife - 13 000 94535
The Emergency Response Service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and staffed by highly trained operators. The operators log the call and collect information on the whereabouts of the injured animal on a state-of-the-art database which pinpoints the animal's exact location. From there the operators are able to get in touch with volunteers who live in the vicinity of that geographical location and the volunteers step in to respond to the animal in need.
Wildlife Victoria is always looking to expand their pool of volunteers and it's easy to become involved, especially if you are passionate about protecting our native wildlife.
A minimum age of 18 years A valid email address with easy accessibility Availability for at least eight hours per week A commitment to volunteer for a minimum of 12 months
Good oral and written English language A good level of general fitness For rescuer & transporter roles you need a mobile phone, a current Victorian driver's licence and access to a reliable vehicle
If you feel you have what it takes to be part of this important network of volunteers then register your interest on the Wildlife Victoria volunteer page here. You'll also find more information about volunteering on the webpage.
Wildlife Victoria is not a government department and they do not receive government funding. They survive solely on the generosity of donors and volunteers. If you would like to make a regular or one-off donation go to their webpage for more information here.