After training, our members are ready to assist with whale rescues at any time of the day. Some rescues occur in isolated locations and extend over a number of days, so members in this group should be prepared to travel to the southern areas of Tasmania, in a self sufficient manner, possibly for an extended period of time.

WILDCARE, in cooperation with Parks and Wildlife Service, is creating First Response Teams for whale rescue in locations that frequently have whale and dolphin strandings (hot spots). These teams will work closely with Parks and Wildlife Service staff to keep up to date with new methods of rescue, latest news of whale movements and be prepared and ready to respond quickly to local stranding events. First response teams will be the first groups to be notified of a stranding, and because of their training will undertake intitial care and preparation work until additional help arrives.

To be an active member of a First Response Team it is essential that you have undertaken the one day training course run  jointly by Parks and Wildlife Service and Biodiversity Conservation Branch (DPIWE).

If you have not yet undertaken training simply register your interest by ticking Whale Rescue on your membership form. Untrained volunteers are called-up if a stranding and rescue effort is extended or large numbers of whales are involved. On-site training in safety and whale care procedures is provided in those circumstances.

Our Contacts

Southern Region Volunteer Facilitator – Pip Gowen:  pip.gowen@parks.tas.gov.au