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    Wildlife Rescue 101 Online & Practical Workshop

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    Why does our wildlife need our help?

    Our wildlife populations face many dangers as their habitat decreases and they are forced to live closer to us. The biggest dangers are cats, dogs, cars, poisons and loss of native habitat.

    When concerned members of the public find wildlife that is sick, injured or orphaned, they look to vets and wildlife volunteers to step in and help. In a future of climate change, wildlife carers and rescuers will be more important than ever. 

    Save Our Wildlife Foundation Inc. (SOWFI) have partnered with NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc. (WIRES) to provide this this online Wildlife Rescue 101 course. Following completion of the online component we would like you to come to a 2-hour practical application workshop and consider volunteering for SOWFI as a Wildlife Rescuer or as part of our Wildlife Ambulance crew.

    Wildlife 101 Practical Course Outline

    Are you interested in becoming a wildlife volunteer?

    What will you get out of it?

    • Learn how to rescue sick, injured or orphaned wildlife
    • Help with research data collection
    • Receive mentoring and further training
    • Work with like minded people

    Topics covered:

    • WHS risks involved in rescuing and transporting injured wildlife, assess injuries and contain the animal without inducing further stress or trauma
    • How to confidently handle animals, identify injuries and disease as well as minimise stress
    • Key aspects of species identification and skills and techniques to accurately determine the species that has been rescued


    Each module will have a range of quizzes to which the answers can be found within the theory chapters. To be deemed competent in the online component of this course, all quizzes must be completed. A total score of 75% must be achieved, multiple attempts for the quizzes will be available. A Completion Certificate will be issued at the completion of the course via the online learning portal.

    An email with you login details to the online learning portal will be sent to you 3-days prior to practical workshop. Ideally, you will complete the online component prior to attending the 2-hour practical.

    Requirement of a volunteer wildlife rescuer:

    • A current drivers licence and a car
    • Ability to commit your time – includes leaf collection, regular milk feed schedule, cleaning enclosures

    The costs for helping sick, injured or orphaned wildlife include:

    • equipment such as lockable baskets, net, thick gloves
    • petrol costs for going on rescues and driving to collect leaf
    • a smartphone and or a computer for data collection

    If this is not for you but you still want to help we also need help with:

    • Volunteers to collect gum leaf for other carers
    • Fundraising
    • Writing for or monitoring social media
    • Grant writing
    • Approaching potential sponsors

    Field practical will run from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

    09:15am Registration. 

    PURCHASE TICKET NOW - LIMITED PLACES - 30 people max per course

    Course cost $70 includes your SOWFI annual membership.

    The Seaton North Community Centre, Seaton

    We hope at the end of the session you would like to commit to becoming an active member
    and contributing to our vision to be the leading organisation in the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation sector in South Australia.

    Event Queries - call Sophie - 0433 817 684

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