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Volunteer for wildlife rescue

Volunteering for wildlife rescue in the Redlands - Wildlife Ambulance 

The Redlands Wildlife Rescue is a community volunteer program that responds to calls regarding sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in the Redland Coast. 

It is a 24-hour a day service operating every day of the year, managed by Redland City Council. To report sick and Injured wildlife to the Redlands 24-hour Wildlife Rescue service on phone (07) 3833 4031.

The volunteer program is split into two services:

  • Redlands Wildlife Care Network (8am – 5pm)
  • Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance (5pm – 8am)

Please note volunteers must be over 18 years of age.

Redlands Wildlife Care Network

The Redlands Wildlife Care Network (RWCN) is a phone service manned by trained volunteers in their own home. RWCN Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • providing advice to the callers about sick, injured or orphaned animals
  • organising a wildlife carer for animals in need
  • providing knowledge and education regarding animal behaviour
  • refering the caller to the organisation that can best assist them
  • commiting to a week-long roster.

The RWCN operates between 8am and 5pm each day of the year.

Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance

The Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) collect sick, injured or orphaned wildlife needing rescue.

There is a core group of 15 volunteers on the service that work in teams while on roster.

RAWA volunteer responsibilities include:

  • holding current open or provisional drivers licence
  • driving the ambulance and rescuing sick, injured and orphaned animals in the local Redland Coast area and adjoining areas of the Koala Coast
  • assisting Redland City Council wildlife officers with community education programs at schools and events
  • commiting to a week-long roster.

RAWA operates between 5pm and 8am each day of the year.

Interested in joining our volunteer team?

We welcome new volunteers for the Redlands Wildlife Care Network or Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance volunteer programs. The first step to becoming part of the team is to attend one of our inductions:

  • 24 February 2022 – Redlands Wildlife Care Network
  • 19 March 2022 – Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance
  • 25 June 2022 – Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance
  • 5 July 2022 – Redlands Wildlife Care Network
  • 5 November 2022 – Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance
  • 17 November 2022 – Redlands Wildlife Care Network

For more information about becoming a volunteer or registering your interest in attending an induction please call (07) 3824 8611.

Becoming a wildlife carer

If you are interested in becoming a wildlife carer, you will need to get a wildlife rehabilitators permit. The best way to do this is to join a Queensland Wildlife Organisation who will provide you with training, knowledge and a rehabilitation permit required to become a wildlife carer. Please note that  Redland City Council is not a Queensland Wildlife Organisation.

Wildlife organisations in Queensland:

Join the RWCN wildlife carer list

After you have become a member of a wildlife organisation, have a current rehabilitation permit as a carer, and live in, or close to, the Redlands Coast, you can join our network of wildlife carers by contacting a wildlife extension officer on (07) 3824 8611.