NQ Wildlife

Caring for our wildlife since 1989

Wildlife Rescue Rehabilitation Release

Townsville & surrounding areas


Call for rescue: 0414 717 374


NQ Wildlife is a registered not-for-profit charity. We receive no regular government funding and rely on public donations to help us rescue and rehabilitate animals in need.

We care for around 3,000 native animals a year and take over 6,000 calls per year on our phone rescue line.

All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Opt to donate monthly or give a one-off amount – every little bit helps!.







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About NQ Wildlife

Our Mission

“To rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife from rescue to release.”

North Queensland Wildlife Care Inc is a voluntary non-profit organisation that helps native wildlife in North Queensland. We rescue and provide care for sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife until they are rehabilitated and can be released back into the wild. We care for around 3000 native animals a year, including bandicoots, bettongs, birds, echidnas, flying foxes, frogs, gliders, goannas, kangaroos, koalas, lizards, microbats, native mice, possums, quolls, snakes, turtles, and wallabies. Volunteers care for animals in their own time, in their own homes, and at their own expense. Our network of carers extends from Townsville to Ingham, the Burdekin, Charters Towers, and all the way to Mount Isa. We are grateful to the local vets in the region who help us by treating injured wildlife.

Helping our carers

NQ Wildlife offers discounts on animal care products to our members, including milk formulas.  We hold regular training events for potential, new and experienced carers throughout the year. We aim to continuously develop carers’ skills and to raise public awareness of the wild animals found around us, their needs, the dangers they face, and what can be done to protect them.

We receive no annual government funding.

To support our members and our various activities, we conduct a variety of fundraising events and always welcome donations and sponsorships. Every bit helps! Our dream is to establish a dedicated wildlife hospital and rehabilitation centre, a dream that will require a fair bit of additional fundraising…

Our History

NQ Wildlife was established in Townsville in 1989 by a group of committed carers and incorporated in 1990. The initial objective of the founding members was to provide a support platform to the few wildlife carers residing in the area. The organisation has grown significantly since and now has approximately 350 members. In 2008 we established our Wildlife Centre with the aid of a number of substantial grants and a lot of hard work and dedication from volunteers. The Centre is used for training and meetings throughout the year and is staffed by volunteers every Sunday and Wednesday.

We acknowledge Jim and Eleanor Pollock’s enormous contribution to the running of NQWC over the years and their ongoing support.

All Australian native wildlife is protected in Queensland. You cannot keep them without an appropriate wildlife carers permit

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We rehabilitate to release!
We give our wildlife the best possible chance of surviving once released back to the wild


What to do if you find a native animal in need of rescue

If the animal is injured, unwell or seems to be unable to survive without intervention, please contact NQ Wildlife

CALL for rescue & advice on injured wildlife

0414 717 374  

If the animal is injured, unwell, or seems to be unable to survive without intervention, please contact NQWC

We will rescue the animal or provide advice on how to rescue it. If you can transport the animal to a vet,  your help will be much appreciated.
If the animal seems to be in good health, is not distressed, is in no danger, and is not a danger to people, the best advice is to simply leave it alone and monitor it from a distance.
If you are not sure whether or not it needs help, contact NQWC for advice.
Please see I’ve Found a… for more information on specific wildlife and first actions



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We care for most native wildlife species in our area. Our carers operate under rehabilitation permits granted by the Department of Environment and Science


I want to become a MICROBat Carer

Flying Foxes

I want to become a Bat Carer


I want to care for Possums


I want to care for Echidnas

Kangaroo Family

I want to become a Macropode Carer


I want to care for our native Birds

Small mammals

I want to care for

Native Rodents Dasyurids Bandicoots


I want to care for Reptiles

Become a carer

What does it take to become a Wildlife carer

Love – Compassion – Facilities – Knowledge on how to care for native wildlife correctly

  • Your first step is joining NQ Wildlife
  • step two – attend training
  • step three, make sure you prepare your house and yourself for your new animal / Have the correct enclosure / the correct sleeping conditions / the correct bags (for joeys to sleep in) / some space for them to grow

NQ Wildlife will guide you and help you set yourself up to be a wildlife carer 

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