There are literally thousands of charities, causes and volunteer
opportunities these days. Why should you help wildlife carers?
There are several things to consider
The human population
has doubled since 1960, but most native species have reduced - many to the point of extinction.
The bulk of the
decline in wildlife population is the result of human interference
There are many
valuable ways to contribute to the conservation of wildlife, but few
are as intimate and direct as wildlife care (rescue, rehabilitation
What can you do?
The two most effective ways in which you can help
wildlife carers to undertake this important work are:
local wildlife group.
Almost all wildlife care is done by unpaid volunteers. While the
number of native animals needing help is increasing, volunteer
numbers are not keeping up. Most groups provide training if
you want to help with hands-on care. All groups also need support
volunteers to help with administration, fundraising and other
duties, which free up the carers to focus on their rescue and
There are many expenses associated with wildlife care, and for the
most part there is no government funding. Donations help us to buy
food, medication, cages, nest boxes and other materials needed to
carry out our work, We encourage people to donate to the wildlife
group in their local area.
can I do right now?
Use this website, to find a wildlife group or shelter near you. If you
can't find someone local using this site, contact your local council,
veterinarian or national parks office to ask who does wildlife rescues
in your area. Many have websites where you can donate online. You
can also ring them up and email them to find out how you can donate some
of your time to volunteer for that group.
Page updated September 2010