We receive over 3,000 native animals for our care each year, and we always welcome new volunteers to help out. Volunteering is enriching for people of all ages. Anyone with an interest in helping wildlife will have an opportunity to learn more about what different species of animals eat, where they live, and how they fit in the picture of urban WA.
Some examples of the activities our volunteers perform are:
Animal care – Cleaning cages, feeding and treating sick and injured animals, providing enrichment, and more. Our Clinic Manager and Animal Care Team are top notch and offer training in triage, handling, and preparing animals for release back into the wild. We can also provide specialty training for work with Black Cockatoos, Waterbirds, Marsupials and Macropods, and Reptiles.
Boat skippers & crew – River program emptying fishing tackle bins and assisting in rescue of injured birds on the Swan and Canning Rivers.
Van drivers – Collection of animals from the zoo and partner vets. Manual License required.
Administration and reception – The essential job of answering phones, providing advice, greeting members of the public as they admit wildlife, and data entry.
Maintenance – We need handy-people to help us with general maintenance and construction, even to provide some advice about the best way to do things. If you’re a licensed tradesperson, that is even better!
Animal handlers – Fundraising displays and education exercises, including attendance at fairs, schools and offices (casual for a cause).
Foster carers – Once you have been a part of the team for a while, you can enquire about helping us foster animals. Right now we are looking for dedicated foster carers for mammals such as bandicoots, possums, and kangaroo joeys. You must be able to demonstrate your experience, but we do offer training and help.
Animal release – Our volunteers can help us locate ideal release sites for animals that were brought in to us but are unable to go back to their original rescue location. This is often due to habitat destruction and attacks from pets. Some animal require soft release sites, where they are released but offered some food and water for the first few days to assist with the release.