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Native Australian animals


General guidance

Most native Australian animals are protected and cannot be kept as pets. Special permits can be obtained for educational facilities, zoos, fauna parks and wildlife carers.

Native animals require specific husbandry requirements and should only be cared for by people experienced in native fauna. Native animals die very easily from stress and other related problems.

Sick, injured or orphaned animals should be cared for by experienced wildlife carers. The Department of Environment and Conservation conducts specific wildlife carers courses and operates a 24 hour Wildcare helpline for injured wildlife. Volunteers handle inquires and then refer people to registered wildlife carers.

The aim of taking care of native animals is to release the animals back into the wild if possible.

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