Wildlife rescue Townsville

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Become a wildlife carer TODAY

 NQ Wildlife Care runs courses throughout the year in native animal care and rescue / become a member /take a course /grab the skills you need and start caring for our local wildlife.

its the most rewarding thing ever


Wildlife Care & Rescue training

Wildlife Care Training 

Our courses are presented by our NQ Wildlife Care species coordinators and are designed to provide a realistic introduction to wildlife care and specific species care. Learn more about how you can help our wildlife.

Our training sessions are not suitable for children under 12 years of age as some images of injured animals are seen.
All children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

If a species training date is not listed it means we have just had a training. Please check back for more dates or get in contact. 

For more information on our training sessions  please contact

Training Officer

Janine Moore


Basic care and handling of Macropods.

With NQ Wildlife

In Macropod care, you learn how to care for, feed, and handle, young joeys from rescue to release

Advanced Macropod Care

With NQ Wildlife

You will learn advanced handling and emergency care of joeys and adult macropods and more on the common problems encountered in the different families

Bird Care

Big and small ones

You will learn to care for our native birds, diet, enclosures needed, handling, from rescue to release

Join our rescue team

Rescue or Phone

Courses in both physical rescue and answering the 24-hour rescue phone (VOC = Voice Over Cloud) Learn about how you can help rescue our wildlife safely, the processes and techniques we use at NQ Wildlife to rescue to ensure the best outcome for our wildlife.

Micro Bat Care

is open to both members and non members

Microbat care will give you a good understanding of the needs of these little creatures.

Flying Fox Care

is open to both members and non members

Unfortunately, flying foxes often run into trouble! This training will teach you the basics of caring for our cute orphan baby flying foxes.

Echidna Care

With NQ Wildlife

Learn how to pick up these little spiky creatures, , feeding handling and enclosures needed to keep them cool and secure

Possum Care

Small Mammal Care

Learn to care for possums and other small mammals, feeding, handling, the type of enclosures needed

NQ Wildlife Care receives no regular government funding and we rely on public donations, and memberships to help us rescue and rehabilitate animals in need.

All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

The costs of our training go to putting on the courses we provide.

flying fox

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

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Becoming a wildlife carer is a very rewarding path, caring for and releasing an animal is one of the best experiences one can have. 

Watching them grow up, get some fur, start eating grass and flowers watching them watching you , the pleasures of being a wildlife carer are immense 


I’ve found a snake!

We care for all our native wildlife species 


Volunteer AS A RESCUER

What are the main reasons for wildlife to come into care?


Life can be tough for wild animals in the wild. Many animals are injured by predators or starve to death and some young are abandoned by their parents. But for animals that live in urban and peri-urban areas, there are additional dangers caused by human-made changes to the landscape. Each year NQWC takes in over 3,000 PLUS sick, injured, and orphaned animals as a result of the following:

  • Road accidents
    This affects many species, including wallabies, possums, birds, turtles, and snakes. Most animals are hit by cars at night so it’s important to slow down after dark.
  • Dog and cat attacks
    Domestic animals love chasing wildlife, but this game often results in dreadful injuries to animals. Wallabies are particularly at risk in semi-rural areas where irresponsible dog owners allow their animals to roam. In urban areas, it is cats that are the main predators of little birds.
  • Collisions with walls or windows
    Birds (from finches to pelicans) and microbats fly fast and sometimes too fast to avoid hard structures. They may be lightly stunned or suffer severe head fractures. This affects mostly flying foxes but birds. Kangaroos, wallabies, and gliders are also known to get entangled in the ‘devil’s wire’. Injuries can be horrendous and, unless they are rescued, entangled animals suffer and die a miserable death.
  • Electrocution on powerlines
    This affects mostly flying foxes but large birds like pelicans can also be affected.
  • Habitat destruction
    Tree clearing conducted for urban development, as well as agricultural and industrial activities, have a massive impact on animals. This leads to birds, bats, and possums losing their nests or hollows. Animals displaced by clearing often wander on the roads or in other animals’ territory and are more vulnerable to starvation and predation.
  • Poisons
    Poisons used routinely in the home such as cockroach bait, fly traps, snail bait, and rat baits can be fatal to wildlife. Please use safe alternatives!
  • Good intentions
    Many baby birds are collected by well-intentioned members of the public because they look vulnerable and cannot fly. However, fledglings that are not injured should be left alone if their parents are around and feeding them. This is their best chance to grow up!
  • Seasonal conditions
    During droughts, floods, severe winds, and cyclones, animals often come into care as they may have been displaced, blown off the nest, or pushed out of their normal environment in search of supplementary food and struggle to adapt to the new environment.
  • Public intolerance of wildlife
    Animals may come into care when they have been kicked out of their ‘home’ by members of the public who do not want to share their space with wildlife. Remember that you need a permit to relocate wildlife, including snakes, possums, and microbats in the roof space.

Become a wildlife warrior

What does it take to become a Wildlife rescuer?

Compassion- handling and capture skills. knowledge on how to be first responders.

  • Your first step is joining NQ Wildlife
  • Step two – attend training
  • Step three, make sure you prepare yourself for rescue/ Have the correct equipment ready in your car or very handy / nets/bags/gloves/blankets/ bags (for joeys
  • NQ Wildlife can guide you and help you set yourself up to be a rescuer. 

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