What We Do

Native Wildlife Rescue [NRW] is a non-profit wildlife organisation based in NSW’s Southern Highlands. We are licensed by the  Department of Planning, Industry and Environment [formerly the Office of Environment and Heritage] through our long membership with Wildlife Rescue South Coast Inc [WRSC].

Our mission is to assist sick, orphaned or injured wildlife in the Southern Highlands and facilitate their rehabilitation and release back into their native environments.

In the same way, we are also committed to preserving the region’s fragile and threatened ecosystems on which all local wildlife depends. Through ongoing education, collaborative partnerships and community support, we aim to create further public awareness on the destruction of threatened species and their wildlife habitats. This includes highlighting the unique and rare biodiversities beset by the consequences of ineffective environmental legislation, poor land management practices and the escalation of climate change. 

We are all custodians of Australia’s natural heritage, and our stewardship plays an integral role in the survival of our iconic wildlife. Help foster their recovery and return to the bush, and champion their rightful place in the wild.

The WRSC 24 hour hotline is:

 Environmental Destruction

Over the past 40 years in the Southern Highlands, a broad sweep of vital wildlife habitats have been destroyed — environments transformed into full-scale housing developments, forestry and mining. Now with years of unprecedented drought and the Black Summer mega-fires altering crucial food chains, our already-fragile biodiversity is dwindling at an even faster pace.

Sadly, the way forward for many species remains bleak.

To spearhead the conservation and ongoing evolution of the Southern Highlands native flora and fauna, we must implement an efficient land-use plan — actions that will see the responsible management of our natural areas and resources and the sustainable regeneration of our region’s ecologically sensitive habitats. You can help by lobbying federal and state MPs on the ineffectiveness of the EPA Act and call for an end to the legislated environmental exemptions with the state-run forestry agencies.

 Community Voices

For several decades there have been dynamic organisations in the Southern Highlands who have championed environmental issues.

Through a combination of community activism and parliamentary lobbying, the groups have not only raised public awareness and driven important debates, but they have also put into effect accountable government policies and practices — all with the single aim to relieve the region of its environmental stress and safeguard the integrity and survival of our natural world.

Similarly, Native Wildlife Rescue will continue to work in tandem with these extraordinary organisations — and beyond — to secure a sustainable and equitable outcome for our wildlife and their rightful heritage. Furthermore, we will seek to impart our ecological principles with other members of the community through ongoing consultation, education, training and public engagement.


Bush Fire Relief Appeal

Donations are urgently needed to help injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife affected by the recent Morton and Green Wattle Creek bushfires. With much of the land ravaged by the infernos, millions are now struggling to survive.

Of the many challenges, Native Wildlife Rescue and other wildlife rescue organisations will continue to face over the next few months is the rescue and rehabilitation of the fragile wildlife. This includes providing ongoing veterinarian care, food supplies and daily care. In the same way, the NSW drought has placed unprecedented stress on their natural habitats. In particular, koalas such as Tug [pictured] are often found dangerously dehydrated, sick, injured or orphaned.

There are many ways you can help by making a tax-deductible cash donation. $100 will help us purchase a new feeding station for kangaroos and wallabies as well as nesting boxes for possums and sugar gliders. $200 will help us purchase essential veterinary supplies including burn cream, dressing, fluids and other vitamin supplements.  $1000 + will help us pay for ongoing veterinary care during their long recovery.  Single donations of $2000  + will help us build another wombat, macropod or koala enclosure for their long rehabilitation. Or you can adopt an animal for $10 a month, sew joey pouches and donate food for our wildlife in care. Please email us to let us know how you can help.

Black Summer Mega-fires’ Impact

In July 2020, the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements heard that nearly 3 billion animals were killed or displaced by the 2019-2020 ‘Black Summer’ mega-fires. Of the environmental casualties were an estimated 143 million mammals, 180 million birds, 51 million frogs and 2.5 billion reptiles.

Tragically, the fires across Australia also left 34 people dead including nine RFS and aerial firefighters; nearly 6000 homes and outbuildings destroyed and over 18.6 million hectares of bush and farmlands reduced to ash — a calamity never experienced before at such a devastating scale.

It’s a postscript that will likely continue to threaten the future evolution of our endangered species. 

 “It’s hard to think of another event anywhere in the world in living memory that has killed or displaced that many animals,” said WWF-Australia’s chief executive Dermot O’Gorman in response to the findings. “This ranks as one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history.”

With the new age of mega-fires now part of Australia’s ecological narrative, we must seek an independent review of the ineffective environmental, resources and urban planning laws — the self-regulated governance and land management practices which have collectively contributed to the widespread destruction of our native fauna and flora.

This includes all government departments, commercial enterprises and communities that sit at the frontline of the human-wildlife conflict.

Unequivocally, time is running out.