Photo of two Tasmanian Devils in care

Wildlife Care Service

People usually come across injured animals late at night or early morning, at a time when there is little help available from mainstream organisations. They are very often surprised there is no dedicated facility such as a native animal hospital in the North-West of Tasmania

Injured animals pose a daunting set of problems for people who know little of their habits, physiology and anatomy.  Many attempt to seek help but end up with a frustrating series of futile phone calls, and in desperation, sometimes make decisions that work against the animal's long-term wellbeing.

Being able to hand over an animal to someone who knows what they are doing, and obviously cares for its welfare, provides an enormous sense of relief.

There are many wildlife carers in Tasmania who have responded to an expectation within the community that injured and orphaned native animals should be treated as humanely as domestic species such as cats and dogs.  It is also true that many Australians have very little knowledge of our unique native animals.

Ravenhill Raptor Recovery is dedicated to raising awareness within the community about native wildlife issues, and regularly gives talks to community groups, service organisations and school children, as well as conducting a variety of training sessions.

We operate an education and rescue centre near Devonport which gives priority to Birds of prey, Quolls, Tasmanian Devils, Eastern Barred Bandicoots and snake relocations.

Each animal needs to be provided with a safe enclosure, heating, milk formulae/food specially tailored for their needs and medical care, all of which are provided for up to 18 or more months for orphans or a few weeks for injured animals.

We rely on donations, sponsorship and fundraising to assist our activities, which include providing a rescue phone service, milk formulae and equipment, building rehabilitation pens and boxes, developing educational displays, a varied program of interesting centre based activities and administration.

Please note that the Centre is not open to the public and visits are by appointment only. Phone: 0409 978 064

Caring for native wildlife

The care of native wildlife is specialised and should not be undertaken by anyone who has not received proper training. Untrained caring may result in the death of the animal.

All native animals are protected under law, (Nature Conservation Act 2002) and the Government requires carers to obtain permits for most species.

Carers must be over 18 years, and be able to demonstrate how they are going to rehabilitate the animal back to the wild. Other laws protecting native animals include the Animal Welfare Act 1993 and the Threatened Species Act 1995.

Permits are also required for possession of native animal parts, ie jawbones, skulls, teeth, skins etc.

Breaches of these laws can result in heavy penalties. For further information phone the Wildlife Management Branch - 6165 4302.

If you feel you would like to help, please contact us or make a donation.