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Wildlife emergencies

Contact the department to report wildlife emergencies relating to:

  • cassowaries
  • crocodiles in Queensland
  • incidents where a person has been bitten or scratched by a bat or has had bat saliva or neural tissue come into contact with their eyes or other mucous membrane surfaces (e.g. inside the mouth)

To report all other wildlife emergencies such as sick, injured or orphaned animals, marine animal strikes or strandings, contact the RSPCA Qld.

And somewhere nearby... there's wildlife

Whether it’s your backyard or a remote national park, one thing is certain: there is a native animal somewhere nearby. It may be as inconspicuous as a tiny spider tucked up in the corner of your ceiling or something more imposing like a three metre carpet python coiled around a roof truss in your carport.

We cross paths with wild animals throughout our lives—from our first encounters with storybook animals to those chance meetings with wildlife in the wild places where they live.

These encounters are most likely to be with animals that attract our attention: the colourful, the big, the unusual—and the few that find ways to annoy us or even put our safety at risk.

But there are the many animals we don’t notice and these are often the ones that are so common that they simply blend into the background noise of daily life. These animals are just waiting to be ‘discovered’ — all you have to do is stop and look. Curiosity and wildlife go hand in hand.

This part of the website is all about learning: learning how to understand and appreciate the wildlife around you and, more importantly, how to live safely alongside it.

Learning starts by asking the right questions:

This website will help you answer these questions. But no website has all the answers and, when it comes to learning about wildlife, you will need to link up with other ‘sites’… like your backyard, your local bushland, or your nearest national park.

Related information

Wildlife Online — species lists for Queensland

Permit and Licence Management - licences and permits

If you witness or suspect an offence to wildlife please complete the Wildlife complaint report form (Word, 171K)*.

* Requires Microsoft Office files viewer

Last reviewed
8 February 2016
Last updated
12 January 2015