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Wildlife Training

Training is essential to WIRES mission of actively rehabilitating and preserving Australia’s unique wildlife. As Australia's largest wildlife rescue organisation, WIRES provides an extensive range of wildlife courses for volunteers and industry professionals. 

Rescue and Care 

WIRES Rescue and Immediate Care Course (RICC) is WIRES introductory training course. To become a volunteer with WIRES, you must complete the RICC. To find out more about volunteering with WIRES please read the information about becoming a rescuer. To participate in WIRES training and volunteer with WIRES, you must be over 18. Further information on this course and how to enrol can be found on the RICC page.

Advanced Species Courses

WIRES run a wide range of advanced species courses for WIRES volunteers, members of other licenced wildlife organisations and industry professionals working with wildlife, such as practicing veterinary staff. The specialist rescue, rehabilitation and release courses WIRES run are for the following species categories and information on these courses can be found on the Species Training page
  • Avian and Raptors
  • Small Mammals, Macropods, Wombats, Large Mammals 
  • Reptile Care (Lizard/Turtles) and Reptile Handling (Snakes)
  • Flying-foxes and Microbats
  • Possums and Gliders

Free 'Introduction to Australian Wildlife' Community Course

WIRES free online Community Course ‘An Introduction to Australian Wildlife’ has been designed for people of all ages as an easy introduction to Australian wildlife for individuals and families who are unfamiliar with Australian native animals. the course is available in Arabic, Chinese (simplified) and Chinese (Traditional).The course was designed in conjunction with the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust to help those new to Australia and who have no experience with Australian wildlife. For more information and details on how to enrol visit the Community Course page.


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