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Far North Queensland Wildlife Shelter

Queensland, Australia

Far North Queensland Wildlife Shelter
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Project Information

Volunteer Type Volunteer

Cost of Project From $940 AUD

Duration Minimum 2 weeks

Start Dates Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all year

Work Roster 6 days a week

Age Requirement


The rescue centre originated because there was more that needed to be done to preserve Australia’s native species, rapidly becoming endangered or extinct. The founder seeks to ensure the rescue and care of all Australian animals that need assistance. Since 1987, the number of rescued animals through the centre has increased each year.

The centre now operates a wildlife hospital, rescue and rehabilitation shelter. Animals are released when they are healthy and able to survive in the wild. For those animals that cannot be released, the shelter becomes their home.

Animals include kangaroos, wallabies, dingos, snakes, gliders and possums.

Birds treated include cockatiels, cockatoos, kookaburras, owls, frogmouths, galahs, kingfishers, parrots, lorikeets and rosellas. The centre is also a licenced birds of prey rescue and rehabilitation centre with a 30 metre eagle aviary and enclosures for other birds of prey such as falcons, goshawks and kites.

The centre recently added an education centre which aims to educate communities in the importance of Australia’s Flora and Fauna.

  • Your Contribution

The shelter relies on volunteer resources and project fees, donations, sponsors and grants to afford medical costs, food and enclosures for the sick, injured and orphaned animals brought in for care. Without volunteer and this assistance, the shelter and its hospital could not operate.

  • A Typical Day

Volunteers will be directly involved in caring for around 140 birds and animals. Daily activities consist of:
* providing care to the temporary and permanent wildlife residents of the shelter
* feeding the various birds and animals throughout the day
* animal and bird rehabilitation and enrichment
* assisting in the release of wildlife
* cleaning animal enclosures
* tree planting and tending the vegetable garden
* building and/or repairing nesting boxes and feeders
* collecting or inputting data on threats to species survival (flora & fauna)
* planning and delivery of training and information sessions for the general public regarding the activities of the shelter and the need to protect Australia's native wildlife
* assisting with research into the needs and habitat of injured or orphaned wildlife with emphasis on interactions within species, other species and humans
* assisting in rescue calls
* general maintenance
* keeping the grounds clean and tidy
* keeping the volunteer accommodation clean and tidy
* preparation of volunteer meals

Regular trips to the local country markets are made. You will find yummy locally made muffins, cakes, sauces and other goodies along with crafts and fresh fruit and vegies

  • Skills Required

Volunteers must be fluent in English, must be willing to work. Volunteers should show initiative and motivation to improve the wildlife and shelter conditions. Suggestions for special projects are always welcome!

  • Challenges

Some of the animals have severe injuries and this can be very difficult to deal with and adjust to. You must also be prepared that some animals do not survive their injuries. Volunteers may choose not to go on some rescue calls due to the type of injury the animal has received.

Some of the wildlife and birds of prey are omnivores or carnivores. This requires preparation and handling of meat or carcases. Live feeds are practiced as a way to provide these animals with a natural feeding activity as they would in the wild. Volunteers may choose not to participate in this type of feeding if they so wish. Volunteers are not expected to contribute to any activity that makes them uncomfortable and should discuss this with staff at the project.

  • Accommodation

Shared male or female caravans with power. Communal kitchen facilities, bathroom and an eco-toilet (the good old Aussie outhouse).

  • Meals

Breakfast and lunch supplies are provided for volunteers to make their own and volunteers have access to a fridge and freezer to store their own items. Dinner is cooked and provided.

Vegan and vegetarian options are supplied on request.

Drinking water is supplied.

  • Combine Projects

Australian Projects

  • Australian Forest Wildlife
  • Australian Birds of Prey
  • Flying Foxes & Aussie Wildlife
  • Great Barrier Reef Turtle Rehabilitation
  • Rainforest Bat Rehabilitation
  • Surf Coast Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife Projects

  • Amazon Animal Sanctuary
  • Australian Forest Wildlife
  • Australian Birds of Prey
  • Flying Foxes & Aussie Wildlife
  • Malawi Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Rainforest Bat Rehabilitation
  • Surf Coast Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Thai Wildlife Rehabilitation & Care


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