Posted on 21/01/2014 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island’s volunteer wildlife rescue network has joined forces with Wildlife Victoria to provide increased network capacity and resources when responding to calls regarding sick, orphaned and injured wildlife on Phillip Island. 

From January 30 Wildlife Victoria will act as Phillip Island’s after hours Wildlife Emergency Response Service and direct local volunteers to wildlife rescues on the island. To facilitate the move, all wildlife rescue calls should be directed to 13 000 94535.   

The move does not affect the operations of Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Wildlife Clinic. The Nature Parks will continue to respond to wildlife rescue calls during daily operating hours and provide the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in conjunction with approved carers. A Nature Parks employee will also be available to support rehabilitation volunteers while animals are in volunteer care.

Dr Roz Jessop, environment manager at Phillip Island Nature Parks, explains that the amalgamation of the existing volunteer network with Wildlife Victoria will boost the capabilities for wildlife rescue across Phillip Island.

“By joining with Wildlife Victoria we can tap into a larger network with a sophisticated database that facilitates improved communication with volunteers and better response capabilities,” Dr Jessop said.

“Wildlife Victoria also has a high profile across the state, which will make it easier for visitors to the region to understand what to do if they come across injured wildlife.”

Under the new system, wildlife rescue calls for Phillip Island will be directed to Wildlife Victoria’s central switchboard. Wildlife Victoria’s sophisticated database generates a map of available responders and sends a text alert to rescuers on call. Available rescuers then reply and details of the rescue are sent directly to them. The new system draws upon Wildlife Victoria’s extensive network of rescuers and allows for increased response capacity and capabilities, plus greater flexibility for volunteers.
“We have a wonderful group of wildlife rescue volunteers on Phillip Island and we look forward to working with them to grow and improve the local rescue network through Wildlife Victoria,” Dr Jessop said.

Phillip Island’s network of volunteer rescuers and carers underwent a Wildlife Victoria training day on January 19. Members of the public interested in joining the volunteer network can register their interest at wildlifevictoria.org.au.

Wildlife Victoria, a not-for-profit volunteer based charity, is Victoria’s largest wildlife rescue network and provides an emergency response service to the community by directing calls to rescuers regarding sick, injured and orphaned wildlife throughout Victoria from their 13 000 94535 number. The service operates seven days per week, 24 hours per day.

Wildlife Victoria: 13 000 94535

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Phillip Island rescue network joins Wildlife Victoria

Media Enquiries:
Phillip Island Nature Parks
Ms Danene Jones - Communications Executive
Tel:  +613 5951 2825  Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: djones@penguins.org.au

Wildlife Victoria
Amy Amato – Relationship Manager
Tel:  +613 9224 4225  Mobile: 0404 847 022 Email: amy.amato@wildlifevictoria.org.au