In Care Animals

Tulka Bushfire victim number 2 arrives at AMWRRO

This young female named Narla was admitted to AMWRRO’s Wildlife Hospital last night after being flown to Adelaide from Pt. Lincoln thanks to the Lincoln Veterinary Centre who examined and provided the necessary first aid treatment before sending her packing in the mile high club to AMWRRO for additional treatment and rehabilitation.

Narla recovering from her procedure


Narla is a young female weighing in at 4.85kg and is in reasonable condition considering the circumstances. She is now considered stable but remains in intensive care. Narla has multiple partial thickness burns to all 4 feet/hands, her ears and small sections of her nose.

Flippers crossed we can pull her through.


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Tulka bushfire victim arrives at AMWRRO’s Wildlife Hospital

As devastating as bushfires are for us humans due to the loss of our homes, livelihood, way of life, pets and ultimately our loved ones; this little Koala is also suffering the greatest loss of all.

Treatment started moments after arriving at AMWRRO


Not only is she a victim of this bushfire and is suffering partial thickness burns to all her hands and feet; she was also carrying a pouch/back young joey which has now surely perished.  With an enlarged nipple which is still producing milk this young female is lucky to be alive due to her burns; unfortunately the same cannot be said for your baby.


This little fighter was rescued from the Tulka bushfire region and taken to the Lincoln Veterinary Centre for treatment before being flown to Adelaide where she underwent a mammoth 2 hour procedure to treat severe burns to almost 10% of her body at AMWRRO’s Wildlife Hospital – Torrens Island.


Partial thickness burns are treated accordingly

She remains in Intensive Care in a stable condition.


If you would like to help these animals on the road to recovery, all donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. To donate click here


In Care at AMWRRO


Seal season continues at AMWRRO – what a great reason to start volunteering today!

Sub-Antarctic fur seals, Australian fur seals, New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions are currently in care at AMWRRO making this year’s seal season very busy and at the same time – extremely successful.

From the Lower South East to the far West coast, many seals have joined the “mile high club” due to air transport being used on several occasions due to distance and urgency.

Special thanks to all those volunteers who have dedicated hundreds of hours to the successful rehabilitation of over 15 seals in as many weeks and over 55 seabirds, sea turtles and even the odd koala!

AMWRRO volunteers have been working extra-long hours due to the large number of in care animals we are currently dealing with and all of which expect nothing in return! If you or someone you know would like to be one of these extremely lucky people and would like to work with these amazing species, now’s the time to become a member and start volunteering!  If you are dedicated, hard-working, reliable, don’t mind getting your hands VERY dirty and working with some fantastic people that all share a common interest.  AMWRRO is a great way to meet new people and help care for some of Australia’s most unique and precious marine species.

Meet some of our in care critters

Honey at Glenelg unable to move without crying out in pain

Honey is an Australian seal lion that was rescued from Glenelg beach a few weeks ago. Honey was suffering from a prolapsed uterus (most probably due to the shark attack she sustained to her rear flippers). She was found not far from the Grand Hotel in extreme pain and in urgent need of attention.  Lucky for Honey after almost 3 hours on the surgery table we were able to reinstate her uterus and provide her with pain relief and antibiotics. Honey is currently doing very well considering and is expected to make a full recovery.

Navy is a New Zealand fur seal (named by her rescuers – Navy seal) as she has proven to be a true fighter. Navy was found in the states Lower South East and was extremely emaciated and dehydrated. This young female was collected and transported off the beach to the Mount Gambier airport for a quick trip to Adelaide for much needed attention. She has so far gained 6kg and is doing well.

Bill perched on his favorite log

Bill our Pelican was rescued from Hindmarsh Island several weeks ago.  Bill was kept in care by somebody who clearly had no idea how to care for seabirds.  His feather condition was atrocious, he had a severally infected left wind and right foot due to an old entanglement and was released with two hooks still embedded under his right wing.  We know this bird was kept in care due to the bright color purple that was sprayed all over his feathers – this is an antiseptic spray used by vets to stop infection on small superficial wounds and unfortunately for Bill, he was completely covered in it. Bill is still missing his tail feathers and several flight feathers hence he’s unable to fly at this point in time.  He remains in care and is looking 100% better already. 

Sub-Antarctic fur seals are becoming a common sight at AMWRRRO of late. Meet Toni a relatively young adult female Sub-Antarctic fur seal that was rescued from the top of Gulf St. Vincent at Price.  Locals found this seal sleeping within 2 metres of parked cars whilst people continued to fish around her.  Normally these animals love to rip your legs off and the alarm bells started to sound when she was able to be approached within touching distance without any reaction.  This seal was suffering from a huge gum infection and is now on the mend. She should be release within the week or so – flippers crossed and is an extremely rare find in South Australian waters.

Toni enjoying the sun and on the road to recovery

One of our smallest in care seals is Peanut. This little fella was found beached washed in Pt. Augusta at the top of Spencer Gulf approximately 2 weeks ago. He was found by local council workers and thankfully for him they cared enough to make a few calls to check on his welfare.  This little guy did not move for over 6 days and was taken into care for some TLC.  Peanut should be released this weekend if all goes well on Saturday and he has gained some weight. Kerry and Jamie are two Little Penguins that were rescued from the Goolwa district several weeks ago; both birds were transported half way to Adelaide by Dorothy and Keith C/- the Granite Island Penguin Centre and have been in rehabilitation since.  Jamie was unfortunately bitten by a dog and Kerry is suffering from an eye infection. Both birds are the best of friends and should be heading back home in the near future.