Native Animal Rescue was founded 1982 under the name Fauna Rehabilitation Foundation in Malaga on a 15 hectare natural Bush Forever site. Over the years we have grown from just one building to multiple dedicated state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities for wildlife, including:
Native Animal Hospital
NAR has a dedicated Wildlife Hospital thanks to generous Lotterywest funding. This Wildlife Hospital includes spaces for:
- Two Examination rooms, for early response and initial diagnostics of animals when they first enter the centre
- A Critical Care Unit, for animals needing intensive care, such as for
- Very young birds requiring heat and hourly feeds,
- Animals sustaining injuries requiring treatment and close monitoring, and
- Sick animals requiring medication
- Six Recovery rooms, for animals moving out of Critical Care and starting their journey towards release
- Two Surgery rooms, that we are currently seeking funding to fit it out with life-saving medical equipment
- Many outdoor aviaries and enclosures for animals to prepare for release
We deal with a range of injuries, illnesses, and situations for wildlife, such as:
- Bobtail Flu
- Rescued marsupial joeys
- Bird-napping and orphaned baby birds
- Cat/dog/bird attacks
With the help from our Partnered Vets, we can ensure that all wildlife that enters our facilities gets the care it needs for the best outcome possible.
NAR receives waterbirds from all over the greater Perth region for rehabilitation. Some of the seabirds we have cared for recently include seagulls, cormorants, plovers, darters, crested terns, and pelicans. Waterbirds from freshwater lakes, ponds, and rivers we have cared for recently include swamp hens, swans, grebes, and over 10 different kinds of ducks. We receive around 200-500 ducklings for care annually. We have also received an osprey to care for.
NAR offers exclusive Waterbirds training for our volunteers interested in helping rehabilitate these amazing, but specialised, birds, making us the only wildlife centre in Perth that is equipped to handle all kinds of waterbirds as well as other wildlife.
Our Waterbirds facility is at its fullest in spring when we are abound with ducklings, but we always have something unique in care at all times of the year. During a busy week it will cost NAR $100 for food, which includes fish, bloodworms and greens.
Black Cockatoo Flight Path
Our Black Cockatoo Facility opened for business in February 2011 with thanks to a generous grant from Lotterywest. This facility allows us to receive Black Cockatoos into isolated care and eventually progress them into an open flight area where they can regain their wing strength, ready for release back into the wild.
Flight Path provides accommodation for up to 9 Black Cockatoos in isolation, and a further 30+ birds in an open flight area measuring 300 square metres. On average we house and care for 30 Black Cockatoos at any one time. These birds often need care over the long-term, as many Black Cockatoos have injuries or illnesses that take 12 months to recover from.
NAR offers exclusive Black Cockatoo training for our volunteers, from first admission to getting ready for release. We are the only wildlife centre North of the River that cares for Black Cockatoos, and it is such a delight to see them recover and return to the wild.
There are 3 species of Black Cockatoo in Western Australia, all of which are currently listed as threatened species:
- Carnaby’s White-tailed Black Cockatoo (short-billed)
- Baudin’s White-tailed Black Cockatoo (long-billed)
- Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
These birds are under pressure due to continuing land clearing for housing and development. This makes it difficult for the birds to find suitable nest hollows to lay eggs and to find enough food. The present trend of diminishing rainfall in WA is another pressure for these species.
In captivity it costs NAR $110 per week to feed the Black Cockatoos in care, but with dedicated work from our volunteers in conjunction with Perth Zoo, we have been able to successfully rehabilitate and release dozens of these magnificent birds since Flight Path opened. We are always accepting donations of tree clippings of Banksia, Marri, Karri, Dryandra and other natives that Black Cockatoos normally feed from. If you would like to make a vegetation donation, please contact us on 9249 3434.
Chuditch Chambers & Chuditch Hotel
These chambers are purpose-built enclosures originally designed to house Chuditch (Western Quolls) temporarily as part of the translocation efforts of the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW). These Chuditch were all moved to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.
Since the completion of this project with DPaW, we have used these enclosures to individually house animals as they prepare to be released back into the wild. The Chuditch Chambers and Hotel allow us to provide enrichment such as large logs, tree branches, perches, and possum boxes as necessary. These are excellent for temporarily housing possums, parrots, and bobtails.
The Woylie Connection facility was built for a research project with Murdoch University and DPaW to collect behavioural and physiological data to help the future management of Woylies in Western Australia. This project has since finished.
Since the completion of this project, we have used these enclosures to house bandicoots, and we are excited to start a new research project with Curtin University studying bobtail flu.
When our volunteers are ready for a well-deserved break, we provide them with a space to relax, engage and communicate what they learn in a sustainably-designed courtyard of native plants and up-cycled materials.
Naiad Rigid Inflatable Boat
NAR has operated a 5.4m ridid inflatable Naiad boat since October 2014. With thanks to Natalie and Noel of Kirby Marine and Yamaha for their generous support and donations, the construction of this boat allows us to perform a vital role for Perth’s rivers.
In 2015 and 2016, NAR took on the daunting task set by the Swan River Trust to help empty fishing line bins placed around the Swan and Canning Rivers. There are over 40 bins in easily-accessible locations around these two rivers to make it easy for people out fishing to dispose of their waste fishing line, plastic bait bags, hooks and other fishing paraphernalia. In 2015 NAR emptied 14,744 metres of fishing line, 2,380 hooks and sinkers, 2,048 bait bags and 286 other fishing recreational items. All of this rubbish ended up in the bin, rather than the waterways.
NAR volunteers couldn’t achieve this feat alone; it was with the help of the Youth Policing Division of WA Police, PCYC, and the at-risk youth assigned to assist our volunteers. Together NAR and PCYC have helped skipper and fill the boat with people to allow for patrols along the river, watching out for and rescuing distressed animals, clearing the river banks, and waterways of debris and litter, and emptying the fishing line bins.
NAR’s relationship Youth Police and PCYC has continued since 2010, but has halted in 2016 due to a lack of funding. We are excited to continue work with at-risk youth in the future. In the past NAR has provided opportunities for experience in construction and maintenance, gardening, land care, animal care, and riding on the Naiad inflatable. Watch this space for more information in the months to come.