Bonorong Wildlife Rescue Training - LAUNCESTON - 22 November 2020

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Grand Chancellor Hotel Launceston

29 Cameron Street

Launceston, TAS 7250


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Help Tasmania's wildlife in your spare time - become a Wildlife Rescuer today!

About this Event

Did you know Bonorong operates Tasmania’s largest 24-hour wildlife rescue service? This program provides safety and care to thousands of animals every year - and we need your help.

We operate with the assistance of trained community rescuers and the devotion of hundreds of wildlife carers, all of whom donate considerable time, money and energy to helping wildlife in need.

If you're interested in being a Wildlife Rescuer in your spare time, then you're invited to our free Wildlife Rescuer Training.

There is absolutely no obligation to sign up to our rescue service afterwards, and you'll come away with skills that you can use in the event of a wildlife emergency.

This is also the first step if you're interested in learning about becoming a wildlife carer, transporter - or more.

What will I learn?

You'll learn the basics of wildlife rescue, including:

  • How to safely handle injured animals
  • How to check a pouch for babies
  • How to identify the most common animals you'll come across
  • How to create your own rescue kit to keep in the car
  • and more.

The sessions run for approximately 6 hours and are completely free.

Children are welcome but please be aware we do cover some sensitive topics, including euthanasia. Young children do make pretty perfect helpers in many situations though, so don't be deterred!

Please note: this program does not involve the raising of wildlife. However, we can advise of upcoming training for those interested in becoming a wildlife carer. (Please note - Bonorong does not run wildlife carer training).

What do I need to bring?

Great question! You should bring:

  • A notepad
  • A pen
  • Warm clothes (if it's a chilly day or any time in winter!)
  • Something to drink and eat for lunch and afternoon tea (Due to Covid-19 restrictions, food cannot be consumed inside the venue. Bottled water is allowed, however food should be left in your car and retrieved during breaks, or can be purchased at local cafes/restaurants.)

Where is the training held?

Please check the location on the event you are looking at. We hold these events across the state, so you'll want to find the one closest to you!

What's involved in being a wildlife rescuer?

As a Wildlife Rescuer, you'll be put on our database to receive WhatsApp messages when an animal needs help in your area.

If you're available - great! Respond to us so we can coordinate the rescue.

If you're not available - no worries. Just ignore the message.

What do I need to be a Wildlife Rescuer?

You'll need:

  • A mobile number which has WhatsApp installed
  • A valid drivers licence and reliable car

If you don't have either of the above - please do feel free to attend the training regardless as you'll still learn plenty!

What's the cost of being a member?

There is no charge for the training, or to be a rescuer.

As a rescuer you'll also have access to information, updates, events and opportunities occurring at Bonorong, which is pretty cool.

Do I need to book?

Yes! Please be sure to book using this page as we have limited spots - if you need to cancel at any time, please do so via the event page so we can advise the people on our waitlist.

COVID-19 requirements

To comply with the new COVID Safe Workplace Guidelines, the Launceston Grand Chancellor has implemented the following measures:

List of attendees - Bonorong must maintain a list of contact details for delegates attending the event including full name and telephone number. We may be required to produce this at the request of Public Health. If pre-registration is not possible for any reason then details will be taken on arrival at the hotel.

Physical distancing – the hotel will adhere to any local, state, federal requirements relating to gatherings and events. All guests are required to practice physical distancing and observe all zoning and queue management systems in place whilst in the hotel.

Restrictions on entry – all guests will be informed not to enter the hotel if they have any COVID-19 symptoms:

- Fever

- Respiratory symptoms

- Coughing

- Sore throat

- Shortness of breath

- Other symptoms including runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

Hygiene protocols - all guests will be required to observe hygiene protocols which include washing hands regularly & using hand sanitizer whilst they are in the hotel.

What can I do right now?

Save our number in your phone so you know who to call if you find injured wildlife! 0447 264 625 (0447 ANIMAL)




We look forward to seeing you soon!

Cheers from Greg, Petra and all the furry critters at Bonorong.

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