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About Us

WIRES (The New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc) was established in 1985. Since that time branches have been established covering most of the State of New South Wales. WIRES is the largest wildlife rescue and care organisation in Australia. 

WIRES Northern Rivers branch opened in April 2004. It encompasses an 8800sq kilometre area taking in the local government areas of Byron Bay, Ballina, Richmond Valley, Kyogle and Lismore. By belonging to such a large state wide organisation our members and carers have the opportunity to learn and share information on a broader scale.

All rescue and emergency calls made to WIRES are listed in a state wide database. From the time an animal is brought into care, it is tracked via this database.  All WIRES carers undertake intensive training in wildlife care, and many go on to specialise in a specific species. After treatment, often involving intensive veterinary care nursing and rehabilitation by the rescuers and carers, animals are returned to the wild with as little human intervention as possible.

WIRES is a non-profit, Non-Party Political organisation, where animal welfare always comes first. All carers are voluntary and give their time and emotions free of charge. The welfare of our native animals is a responsibility that should be of concern to all Australians.

We rely on public donations which are tax deductable when $ 2.00 or over.

WIRES’ acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land and recognise their connection to native wildlife. We pay respects to their Elders past and present.