Hawkesbury travellers urged to use new Wildlife Rescue App

An IFAW responder feeding formula to May, the red-necked wallaby joey. Picture:IFAW
An IFAW responder feeding formula to May, the red-necked wallaby joey. Picture:IFAW

The NSW Wildlife Council and International Fund for Animal Welfare have joined forces to create a new app they hope will help raise the survival chances of native creatures injured on our roads.

They say that due to the stress of either accidentally hitting or finding an injured native animal, many people don't know what to do.

Well-meaning calls are often made to the police, the fire service or another wrong organisation - unintentionally wasting precious time.

The Wildlife Rescue App, which is available for NSW residents via the Apple Store and Google Play, aims to reduce the stress and confusion, by giving users all the information they need at their fingertips.

The groups are urging those considering taking road trips around the region to download the app.

At the touch of a button via the app, the user will be directed to the nearest NSW wildlife rescue group as well as being guided on the best way to help the injured animal.

"The IFAW Wildlife Rescue App empowers everyday people to be a part of the solution by helping get injured, orphaned and displaced animals the immediate attention they need for the best chances of survival," said IFAW Oceania animal rescue officer Nicole Rojas-Marin.

"Millions of animals are killed or injured every year on our roads but after the devastation of the drought, bushfires and floods, we simply can't afford for our native wildlife to be impacted any further.

"That's why IFAW not only ensures injured animals are rescued, but provides the resources for them to be rehabilitated so they can be released back into the wild where they belong."

The app also allows users to report deceased animals, which in turn helps wildlife rehabilitation groups to accurately monitor the cause of local deaths and identify danger zones and road-kill hotspots.