In the state of Victoria you must link to a wildlife shelter and be mentored by them for a minimum of 18 months.
Animalia is currently looking for their next intake of wildlife foster carers.
This is a huge commitment, so it should not be entered into lightly.
Depending on where you live will determine who your shelter might be, however this is not always the case.
Because you will need to spend a considerable amount of time learning from your shelter. you should be comfortable with them.
Your shelter will guide and teach you for the rest of your life as a carer/shelter.
Check list for a good shelter to be mentored by
- A good shelter is easy to talk to, gives you clear direction, assesses your progress.
- Does not berate you or make you feel stupid if you ask a question and will inform you of further training opportunities.
- You should feel comfortable to ask them anything in relation to wildlife care.
- Has a sound knowledge of most species you will come in contact with.
Your training dosent stop there as most carers learn through practical learning you will always be learning for your time in wildlife care.
A foster carer is only of benefit to a shelter if they are prepared to help the shelter by taking on multiple animals once they are trained.
You will need to print off an application form using the button above.
You can not care for wildlife until you have been approved by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning.
Wildlife is highly stressed when it comes into care and as such has completely differing needs than family pets.
- If you already have lots of pets then wildlife care is probably not for you, because most of your pets are perceived as predators to wildlife.
Wildlife carers rescue, raise, rehabilitate and release all wildlife back to the wild