Western Australia is home to some amazingly unique animals, from mammals to reptiles to migratory waterbirds. It is a special privilege to encounter native wildlife, whether it be a kangaroo in the bush, a red tailed black forest cockatoo in the city, a bob tail lizard in my backyard or a Quokka on Rottnest Island. Australia has the highest mammal extinction rate in the world which is sad to hear, but there is still some hope and a number of amazing wildlife centres in Western Australia teamed with volunteers and supported by the local community.
Locals and travellers, help conserve Western Australia’s wildlife population
- Respect the landscape and leave no trace.
- Be responsible for your rubbish and do not litter. If you have too, take it with you home and dispose in the bin.
- Do not feed human food to wildlife, especially bread.
- Magpies and some birds during breeding (nesting) season may try to swoop as a means to protect its young. Please respect this and don’t take it personally. Move away and shield your face.
- If encountering a deceased kangaroo or other mammal hit by a vehicle, please check the pouch for a baby.
- On very hot days, leave some water out for wildlife.
- Reptiles often use the road to ‘sunbake’ which increases their risk of being hit by a vehicle, please keep an eye out for them.
- Send your appreciation back to the hotel or tour operator or local government (Minister for Environment or Tourism). Natural habitat is often destroyed because authorities are not aware of its value.
- Observe and report. Local councils look after parks, government departments look after national parks, roads and ocean reserves. See something that is special or should be improved for the sustainable protection of the environment or wildlife, speak up! Quite often those who make decisions work from behind computers and in meetings rooms cut off from the changing issues. For example, your local park has no low lying bushes and you notice the small birds have disappeared this season. Maybe your local council can plant some native grevilleas or bottle brushes creating protection and food for small birds.
- Avoid using rat poison as it causes secondary poisoning in birds such as owls and eagles.
Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Rehabilitation Centres in WA
The majority of wildlife focused centres are run by volunteers and funded through donations or some form of sponsorship grants. Members of the public are also key to helping wildlife by contacting the appropriate centre if they come across an injured animal.
Western Australian Seabird Rescue
Rescue and rehabilitation of sea birds and water birds in the south west of Western Australia.
Native Animal Rescue
Treats injured wildlife, conservation projects of the Black Cockatoo, animal rescue and river conservation work. Scientific research projects.
Native Arc Animal Rehabilitation
Treats injured wildlife, community outreach program, sponsor an animal and receive a guest pass to the rehabilitation clinic, training sessions. Educates the local community.
The Kanyana Bilby Breeding Program, wildlife hospital for injured native animals, Woylie Breeding Program, research into bob tail flu and other areas, Nocturnal and animal hospital tours, meet and greet tour with an echidna, burrowing bettong or red tailed black cockatoo at Kanyana Wildlife. Training courses for bobtail nursing, baby bird workshop and fauna first aid courses. Wildlife emergency.
Numbat conservation and breeding program in connection with Perth Zoo.
Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary
For injured and sick native wildlife as well as farm animals.
Kaarakin – Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre
Black cockatoos rescue and rehabilitation, dingoes and various wildlife, habitat restoration.
Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary
Care of injured and orphaned wildlife in Perillup in the great southern region.
Healing Hands Wildlife
Rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing animals back into their natural habitat in the great southern region of Western Australia.
Pilbara Wildlife Carers Associations
Treating sick, injured & orphaned wildlife in the Pilbara region.