The Redlands Wildlife Rescue is a community volunteer program that responds to calls regarding sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in the Redlands.
It is a 24 hour a day service operating every day of the year, managed by Redland City Council.
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:
- provide advice to the callers about sick, injured or orphaned animals
- organise a wildlife carer for animals in need
- provide knowledge and education regarding animal behaviour
- refer the caller to the organisation that can best assist them.
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:
- obtaining or maintaining a current drivers licence
- driving the ambulance and rescuing sick, injured and orphaned animals in the local Redlands 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.
If you are interested in volunteering for the RWCN or RAWA volunteer programs, 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.
Wildlife organisations in Queensland:
- ARROW (Australian Rescue and Rehabilitation of Wildlife)
- Bat Conservation and Rescue
- BIRO (Birds Injured, Rehabilitated & Orphaned)
- FAUNA (Foster-care of Australia’s Unique Native Animals)
- ONARR (Orphaned Native Animal Rear & Release)
- Wildcare Australia
- Wildcare Straddie
Phone: 0407 766 052
- WILVO’s (Wildlife Volunteer’s Association Inc.)
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 area, you can join our network of wildlife carers by contacting a wildlife extension officer on (07) 3824 8611.