Our mission is to provide injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife of Darwin and its surrounds with rescue, veterinary care and specialised rehabilitation facilities; provide wildlife carers with respite and access to information, education and resources for best practice of wildlife care; and to provide welfare and conservation education, projects and information to the entire community of Darwin and its regions.
Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary has a 24hr wildlife rescue hotline and can collect animals from your home or workplace and transfer to them to a vet. Once the animal has been assessed and treated the injured wildlife are transferred for continued care. They will then be put through a staged rehabilitation process to ensure the best chances at a successful release.
Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary recognises the need for education within our schools and in the wider community about living with wildlife and ways they can contribute directly to conserve it. DWS offers a variety of engagement and educational sessions and programs to a large cohort of school aged children and youth diversion programs. For more information on these sessions or to book a school visit please go to the Programs tab.
While wildlife is being cared for they can lose muscle and condition quickly. Being fed the correct food, at the right time of day and in the right amounts is important for good care and rehabilitation. Because they lose muscle so quickly in captivity staged rehab programs are vital to successful releases. Wildlife sometimes need to learn to fly again, to hunt again and to find food. We have specialised facilities that mean we can care for and rehabilitate a huge variety of species through all stages of rehabilitation.
Conservation can be difficult in suburban areas, but by adopting some simple practices around the house or schoolyard you can begin to protect and care for the wildlife and environment in your local area. The trickle on effect that these practices can promote will have a positive impact, not just on our local wildlife and environment but wildlife and ecosystems around the world!