The Role of Wildlife Rescue Groups in the Care and Rehabilitation of Australian Fauna
Mr. Andrew Tribe1 & Mr. Peter R. Brown2
1University of Queensland
Throughout Australia, thousands of people are involved in the rehabilitation of native fauna. This paper reviews the role of wildlife rescue groups in the care and rehabilitation of Australian fauna, and makes recommendations regarding future policy and practice. From the data presented, it is concluded that
(1) The majority of wildlife comprise common and widespread species.
(2) They usually require care and rehabilitation because of some previous interaction with humans.
(3) A significant proportion die during the rehabilitation process.
(4) While a large number are eventually released, little information is available about their ultimate survival.
(5) This situation is similar to that reported in the United States.
However, it is also apparent that the greatest benefit from wildlife rehabilitation is likely to come from the educational message it inspires. In this regard, it is recommended that the profile of wildlife care groups be raised, particularly within government conservation agencies, and that there be additional research into their contribution to wildlife conservation.