How To Help
Here are a few ways in which you as an individual can help protect Australian native animals.
LOCAL WILDLIFE GROUPS
You can become a member, or donate (money or goods). Wildlife rescue groups can always do with additional facilities such as cages, aquariums, pet-carriers, natural foods such as mice, insects and earthworms. If you would like to become a member of Wildlife Rescue South Coast, click here
WATCH OUT ON THE ROAD
Stay alert for wildlife on the roads, especially at dusk and dawn (or plan your trip for a different time)! Many native animals are nocturnal and forage near the roadside at dusk and dawn. Just being aware of this while driving may save the life of a native animal - and possibly help avoid expensive repair bills.
If you have cats or dogs, ensure they are under control at all times. Dogs should never be allowed to roam parks or bushland unsupervised. Cats can be destructive to native fauna, and should be kept in at night, when they can do the most damage. Never dump unwanted pets. It is cruel to the pets, and disastrous to the local fauna.
Don't keep Australian wildlife as pets. Some native fauna are legally available through pet shops, but many are protected. It is illegal to capture or keep 'wild' native animals without a permit from the National Parks & Wildlife Service. Some species will not survive in captivity, and may die of shock as a result of being trapped. Others have specific diets. Some birds will not be accepted back into the wild if they have been in captivity for more than a few weeks, and may be attacked and killed by their own kind.
Dead Animals on the Road
If you see a dead animal on the road, consider removing it to the side - if you can do so without putting yourself in danger. This has several benefits - you can quickly check to see if there is a joey in the pouch; it may stop other vehicles from swerving to avoid the carcass; and may save further animals that come to feed on the body.
Wildlife in Your Garden
If you plant native trees and bushes - especially ones native to your local area - you will attract the native birds and wildlife which feed on them. Place water bowls around the garden, high enough to be safe from cats, and keep them full of water. You can erect nest boxes for local possums and place lots of rocks around for lizards to hide under. It is wonderful to see our native wildlife at home in their own environment.