Why do our wildlife need our help?

With increasing pressure on wildlife in South-east Queensland from development and the consequent loss of habitat, increasing traffic and the introduction of domestic animals, the need for an organisation such as WILDCARE has become critical.

The area covered by WILDCARE is from Gympie south to the New South Wales border and from the Gold Coast west to the Toowoomba range. WILDCARE is licensed by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Because WILDCARE covers such a large area, the group is always looking for volunteers, not only to care for animals, but also to do rescues, deliver animals to vets, answer the emergency telephone, assist with publicity and fundraising, data entry, sew, make cages and nest boxes and so on.

As WILDCARE receives little financial assistance from the government, it relies heavily on funds from membership subscriptions and donations. We strongly urge those people who are interested in the well-being of Australia’s native animals to support WILDCARE in its work for wildlife.

How do I join Wildcare?

New members are very welcome, and your membership subscription enables WILDCARE to continue to operate. Even if you cannot be a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, by becoming a WILDCARE Member, you are supporting our work for wildlife.

Visit our Join page to find out more

How can I make a donation?

WILDCARE is a voluntary organisation and we rely on community support to continue to operate our emergency telephone service and to provide financial assistance to our volunteer wildlife rehabilitators. Our telephone service receives approximately 10,000 calls a year!

Visit our Donate page to find out how to donate.

How else can I help?

Even if you do not have the time or facilities necessary to become a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, there are many other ways in which you can help WILDCARE and our local wildlife.

Volunteers are always required in the following areas:-

Rescues:
As our volunteer wildlife rehabilitators are so busy with caring for the animals already in their care, we often require the assistance of members who would be willing to pick up and deliver sick or injured animals to local vets or WILDCARE volunteers. A few hours now and then would help alleviate the work load of our volunteers.

Administrative Duties:
There are many administrative functions that are conducted by volunteers such as answering the emergency rescue telephone service, helping with our quarterly newsletters, data entry, record keeping and our education and training program.

IT Skills:
We always require the assistance of people with experience in graphic and web design to assist with our education program and various other projects.

Fundraising:
Volunteers are always needed to help with fundraising activities (every bit helps!). This responsibility usually falls to our volunteer wildlife rehabilitators who are usually so busy looking after the wildlife in their care.

Publicity / Promotion:
Volunteers are regularly required to help man display stands at expos and shows. If you can spare a few hours here and there we would love to hear from you. Or perhaps you are skilled at writing stories and articles for media releases.

Carpentry:
We are always looking for the assistance of handy people to help with the construction of possum and bird nest boxes, donation boxes and cages.