• About WRES

  • The Wildlife Rescue Emergency Service

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    Who Are We?
    The Wildlife Rescue Emergency Service (WRES) is a leader in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife back to their native habitat. We respond to emergencies such as bush-fire, flooding, or any other event across Victoria impacting on native wildlife. WRES is the first and last line of call regarding the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native wildlife.

  • What Do We Do?
    The Wildlife Rescue Emergency Service responds to calls to help wildlife. We aim to care for wildlife so they can be released back to their native habitat. We work with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to conduct wildlife rescues during emergency events (such as wildfires and floods).

    WRES participates in community events promoting our work. This includes Easter Fairs, Australia Day, and regional events, including Elmore Field Days, Rochester Farm Safety Expo, and others.

    We do presentations discussing what is involved in the care of native wildlife and sharing some stories about the rescues.

    The Wildlife Rescue Emergency Service welcomes sponsors and participates with businesses in a friendly and informative manner. This can be very rewarding for staff and management.

    Recent Accomplishments of WRES:
    The Wildlife Rescue Emergency Service has attended fires and rescued Koalas, Wombats, Kangaroos and other wildlife.
    Currently in care is a range of injured native birds, orphaned & injured joeys and possums.
    WRES has cared for and released over 90% of all its rescued wildlife. This includes a Wedge Tailed Eagle nick-named Freedom, one of our first successful releases.

    Examples of Our Wildlife Rescue Work include:

    • Snake removal and care if injured.
    • What to do with a Wallaby in the middle of town.
    • A community member calling the City of Greater Bendigo's Council regarding a noise in the roof. They call WRES who respond and find a brush tail possum.
    • Helping Government employees with their many calls regarding native orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife.