Injured wildlife

Dead or injured wildlife

To report dead wildlife on public land (such as roadkill), contact us and the animal will be removed as soon as possible.

Please provide as much detail as you can, including the location (nearest house address or nearest crossroad) and the type of animal you have found. To assist in the identification of the animal, please refer to our fact sheet(PDF, 333KB) to identify common native fauna species susceptible to roadkill in Ku-ring-gai.

If you find a sick, injured, or orphaned native animal, please contact WIRES immediately on 13 000 WIRES (1300 094 737) or Sydney Wildlife on 02 9413 4300. Improper rescue can hurt or distress the animal and the rescuer. It is critical to get sick and injured wildlife vet treatment as quickly as possible.

When calling in a rescue, report the exact location

When reporting rescues to WIRES and vets, please try to confirm the EXACT location you found the animal. This is because many native animals are very territorial, so it's critical that, when they are ready for release, we return them "home" to ensure their best chance of survival.

In addition, if we know the exact location the animal was found, many young animals have a better chance of possibly being reunited with their parents.  

Certain animals should NOT be approached  

If you encounter a sick, injured, or orphaned animal on the list below, call a wildlife rescue organisation straight away. These animals require specialist handling and MUST be rescued by trained wildlife rescuers:

  • Snakes.
  • Monitor lizards (goannas).
  • Bats (flying-foxes or microbats).
  • Large macropods (kangaroos or wallabies).
  • Raptors (eagles, falcons or hawks).

What to do while you wait  

After calling a wildlife rescue organisation you can:

  • Remove any threat to the animal. This includes keeping all people and pets away from the native animal, to minimise stress to the animal for vet transport or until a rescuer arrives.
  • If it is safe to do so, contain the animal in a warm, dark, quiet place. For example, gently wrap the animal in a towel and place it in a ventilated box with a lid, cover the box or container with a towel and transport it carefully to the nearest vet or wait for the rescuer to arrive. Handle the animal as little as possible to minimise stress.
  • Do not give the animal any food or water, unless instructed to by a vet or WIRES.

Further information

WIRES Emergency advice page or the Wildlife Road Awareness.