Wildlife Heroes Resources

Wildlife Rescue Booklet – what to do in the first 24 hours

You can save the life of an animal by knowing what to do as the first person on the scene. This handbook is full of first aid advice for anyone who comes across an injured or orphaned native animal. The handbook is subtitled the first 24 hours as a reminder that if you are a member of the general public, your main wildlife rescue goal is to get the animal to a licensed volunteer who can provide the best care.

 

Most Australians love wildlife and want to help in any way they can. However, wildlife volunteers report that while members of the public mean well, they sometimes make matters worse when attempting to handle or feed animals.  The handbook provides simple first aid tips to maximise wildlife survival rates and keep animals and rescuers safe. We encourage you to can keep a copy of the handbook in your car or on your phone.

 

Remember: Do not attempt to capture a sick or injured animal if it means putting you or other people in any danger. Call your local wildlife rescue group so they can assist. 

 

The development of this booklet was supported by the Australian Government’s Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation program.

Communicating with humans: a guide for animal people

Animal people are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding books about animal communication, but what about communicating with other humans? While many animal people are frustrated with their own species, communication is key when seeking funds, influencing decision makers, and recruiting new members. Animal people also need convincing communication skills if they want to improve animal welfare, reduce human/animal conflict, and protect species from extinction.

 

Research suggests that while Aussies love wildlife and consider wildlife rescue services to be an essential and valuable public service, many people do not know much about how these services operate, or how they are funded.  This communication guide provides wildlife carers with tips and tricks for getting the word out there about what they do, and how the general public can help.

 

This booklet was written by Vanessa Barratt as part of a Master of Science Communication thesis project at the University of Otago. The development of this booklet was supported by the Australian Government’s Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation program.