WIRES is Australia's largest wildlife rescue organisation, and we've been caring for sick, injured and orphaned native animals for over 35 years. Our mission is to rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife, and encourage others to do the same.

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Answering the call 365 days 
The WIRES Rescue Office receives almost 200,000 calls a year, most relating to native animals in life-or-death situations. To reach those animals fast, WIRES co-ordinates a 24/7 network of thousands of wildlife carers and rescuers.


Wildlife belongs in the wild.
Once an injured or orphaned animal has been rescued, our top priority is to support our volunteers to provide best practice care and rehabilitation, so that wherever possible, native animals get their second chance of life in the wild.


Protect and Preserve.
We support hundreds of wildlife conservation groups throughout Australia to restore habitat, safeguard biodiversity and be better equipped to protect native animals during times of extreme weather events.

why we do what we do

Australia is currently facing a wildlife crisis, with over 1,000 native species now under threat of extinction. Time is of the essence to safeguard our cherished fauna, including koalas which are now listed as Endangered. Environmental pressures are exacerbating risks to wildlife health and survival. Each native animal that WIRES rescues, rehabilitates, and releases back into their natural habitat plays a vital role in mitigating this pressing extinction challenge. Every sick, injured, or orphaned native animal deserves a chance at rehabilitation and eventual release back to the wild. Will you contribute towards offering these animals a renewed opportunity at life?

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By Morgan- WIRES Wildlife Carer

 I have taken care of and released koalas for eight years now. Despite this, I still feel like a novice as new diseases and challenges arise. Like Monty, the first koala I looked after at the WIRES Rehabilitation Facility. When he was brought into care, he had chlamydia and was underweight, so we immediately had to improve his body condition so he could receive antibiotics. Monty was set for release after four months of care at the facility and treatment for his eye problems caused by chlamydia. It was a tragic turn of events when he unexpectedly developed a large hole at the back of his jaw that didn't become apparent until he was too ill, and a sepsis infection had already spread to all parts of his body. He was not able to be saved.

 Whenever I think of Monty's story, I still choke up. It is always so devastating when something unexpected happens, and when an animal just can’t be saved. With habitat loss, there are new challenges which we are facing with our wildlife and so much we still don’t understand as to how that is affecting them. The ongoing support we receive is really important so we can keep on doing what we can so we can help save wildlife in desperate need, both from a caring perspective but also the greater work we are doing with restoring habitat. If we hadn’t had the support, Monty would have had a much shorter life than what he had. The time is now if we want to preserve this precious species for generations to come. 

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