Seized macropods rehomed at zoo
Issued: 28 Jun 2022
Two macropods that were being kept illegally by an unlicensed wildlife carer have been given a new home at a Rockhampton zoo following an investigation by wildlife officers.
Manager of Wildlife and Threatened Species Frank Mills said the Department of Environment and Science first received concerns about the welfare of native wildlife being cared for by a wildlife carer in August last year.
“Following an investigation, DES executed a warrant at a property in central Queensland in November 2021 and seized a large number of animals,” Mr Mills said.
“This included 56 kangaroos and wallabies, 9 freshwater turtles and 23 native birds, that were being held unlawfully and in conditions that did not meet required standards.
“The wildlife carer’s permit expired in 2010, and she did not hold the relevant rehabilitation permit to keep or rehabilitate the animals.
“Following an assessment of the animals by a veterinarian, all but three of the seized animals were either released back into the wild or transferred to permitted wildlife carers for further care and rehabilitation.
“Three juvenile macropods which were not suitable for release were left at the property while the department explored long-term care options.
“Sadly, one macropod has since died, however late last week wildlife officers removed the remaining eastern grey kangaroo and red-necked wallaby which will be re-homed at a licensed zoo.
“During the operation, wildlife officers also found another large eastern grey kangaroo and five turtles that were also seized and will now be assessed by a veterinarian.”
Recently, wildlife officers successfully transported the seized kangaroo and wallaby to their new home at Rockhampton Zoo.
Under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, carers and wildlife groups are required to hold permits to rehabilitate sick, injured, or orphaned protected animals so they can be returned to the wild.
“Most wildlife carers do an amazing job caring for and rehabilitating our native wildlife, but it is important they hold the relevant permits,” Mr Mills said.
“Wildlife carers are also required to comply with strict animal welfare requirements under the Code of Practice Care of Sick, Injured or Orphaned Protected Animals in Queensland.
“DES will take strong action against anyone operating unlawfully or putting the conservation or welfare of our native wildlife at risk.
“Anyone concerned about the conduct of wildlife carers can report them to the department by calling 1300 130 372.”
Photos and vision of the seized animals are available in our media centre.