Wildcare Australia Inc is a non-profit organisation situated in South-east Queensland.

The organisation was originally formed as the Australian Koala Hospital Association Incorporated in late 1993 by Dr Jonathon Hanger. It became an Incorporated Association and registered charity in 1994 and is listed on the Register of Environmental Organisations.

In June 1996 after the government strongly urged the wildlife carers in its group NAVOS (Native Animal Volunteer Service) to become independent, three wildlife carers (Eleanor Hanger, Gail Gipp and Sharon White) decided to form their own volunteer carer’s wildlife rescue operation called “WILDCARE”. They started a 24-hour wildlife emergency telephone service in South-east Queensland. The geographical area covered rapidly expanded, reaching from the NSW border, west to Boonah and north to the Logan River. A group ‘umbrella’ rescue permit was issued by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service enabling current registered Wildcare rehabilitators to be able to rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned native animals for release back into natural habitat. Both Eleanor and Gail are still actively involved in WILDCARE.

In 2008 the members of the organisation elected to formally change its name to Wildcare Australia Inc.

Our Objectives

The aims and objectives of Wildcare Australia Inc are to:-

  • rescue and care for sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the intention of returning them to the wild.
  • provide training to volunteers in all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation.
  • promote the protection of wildlife by maintaining and re-establishing habitat, and by controlling feral and domestic animals.
  • advise the community on solutions to wildlife problems.
  • raise public awareness of Australia’s unique wildlife and its diverse habitat requirements through community talks and education programmes.
  • operate an efficient wildlife organisation in South-east Queensland which can be contacted at any time by any person in the community
  • needing assistance with the care or rescue of native wildlife.
  • publish a newsletter every three months and distribute it to current members and sponsors.

Licensed Wildlife Care Organisation

WILDCARE is licensed by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) in Queensland and holds a Group Rehabilitation Permit. This Permit allows WILDCARE to endorse its Group Permit to members who have completed necessary training to care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for the purposes of rehabilitating them and returning them back to the wild.


WILDCARE takes pride in the comprehensive training program that it has developed since its inception in 1996.

The WILDCARE education program has been developed extensively and includes training sessions on most species of wildlife and other environmental topics. Our training programs are open to all volunteer wildlife rehabilitators and other people interested in wildlife including veterinarians, veterinary nurses, zoo keepers and parks and wildlife service employees.

For a more comprehensive overview of the WILDCARE education program please visit our Training section or email our Education Team on education@wildcare.org.au

Community Talks

Since 1994, WILDCARE has delivered informative talks to local schools and community groups about native animals of South-east Queensland, conservation issues and ways in which the general public can help the environment every day.


WILDCARE has received two ‘Golden Gecko Awards’ for its outstanding contribution to conservation. These awards were presented by the Gold Coast Hinterland Environmental Council (GECKO) as the peak environmental body on the Gold Coast. Receiving these awards was a great achievement for WILDCARE.

Important Information

Privacy Policy

Wildcare is committed to protecting your privacy and we will endeavour to protect any personal information which you disclose to us.

Below is an outline of how we deal with your personal information.

Collection and Use of Personal Information 

Wildcare may need to collect certain personal information from you in order to perform our role.  Information requested may include your name, address, contact phone number, email and/or credit card details.  We may need some or all of this information from you in order to facilitate the rescue of sick/injured wildlife, process membership applications, process donations or to manage our volunteer database.


In order to run an efficient rescue and rehabilitation organisation, we may need to disclose your information to other persons, organisations and entities to ensure that animal welfare standards are met.  Information may be provided to wildlife volunteers, other animal welfare organisations (e.g. RSPCA Qld), government authorities (e.g. Department of Environment and Science), local Councils, wildlife hospitals and vet clinics and other wildlife rescue groups.  Wildcare is not responsible for how other organisations and authorities use and store your personal information or any subsequent breach of your privacy.

We may also need to disclose your personal information if required by law.

Wildcare will never sell your personal information to any external party for any purpose.


Our Privacy Policy is subject to change.

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, please email us at enquiries@wildcare.org.au

Terms and Conditions

By visiting the Wildcare site, you agree to be bound and abide by these terms and conditions.

The information and resources on this site are provided for personal, non-commercial use only.

You may not:

  • use the resources for any other purpose without written permission from Wildcare;
  • amend, adapt or modify any of the materials on this site;
  • publish, sell, copy, distribute, transmit or display any material located on this site to any other person;

without written permission from Wildcare Australia Inc.  Requests to use the material on this site can be made by email to enquiries@wildcare.org.au.

Unless labelled to the contrary, Wildcare owns copyright in, or is licensed to use, all works located at the Site.  Individual photographers own copyright of their images used in this website.  The images cannot be used for any other purpose without the express permission of Wildcare or the relevant photographer.

All information, graphics and text, may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without Wildcare’s express written permission, and Wildcare does not grant any express or implied right to you in respect of any of its trade marks, copyright or other proprietary information.


Wildcare Australia Inc.

ABN 80 853 694 538