Sydney Wildlife RescueEdit

Caring for Sydney's sick, injured and orphaned native fauna.

SWR provides:

  • native animal rescue services
  • community education and awareness
  • brochures and information
  • training in rescue and care

SWR are a non-profit organisation operating under licence from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Our goals are rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned native animals, coupled with community education and habitat preservation. Prospective members must complete a two day basic training course prior to joining. On completion of the course trainees are issued with an annually renewable authority to rescue and foster care birds, adult possums and lizards. Further training is available for those wishing to care for babies and/or other species.

Members must be over 18 years of age, preferably with their own transport for rescues, are required to be available for animal rescues when possible and to care for wildlife in their own homes. They are expected to meet the costs of travel and animal food/equipment and to commit to a minimum of four hours per annum working in our rescue office at Lane Cove National Park.

The Basic Training Course costs $100 and includes course notes, a bird identification book, bird care manual, rescue basket and emergency food pack. Two people residing at the same address, and sharing course materials, are offered a reduced fee of $130.

This course is specifically designed for people wishing to become members of Sydney Wildlife and to actively rescue and care for native animals. It is not a general education course and is not suitable for those intending to work professionally with animals or who are seeking a prerequisite for entry into another course.

Prior to enrolling, please think carefully. Wildlife rescue is not for everyone. While it can be extremely rewarding, it can also be time consuming and sometimes distressing.

Members need to be able to handle animals confidently and to accept that in some cases, the animals they encounter may die or have to be euthanased.

If you have any questions, please call one of our friendly volunteers at our office for a more detailed discussion. If, however, you believe you have what it takes, then please email or call our office on 9413 4300 to leave your details for an information package to be mailed or emailed to you.