To report sick or injured Phillip Island wildlife:
Wildlife Victoria on 03 8400 7300. Wildlife Victoria lines are open 24/7, 365 days.
The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action have an Online Tool for Help for Injured Wildlife.
Help for Injured Wildlife is a web-based tool created to provide the general public with relevant contact details and information to help when they encounter sick, injured or orphaned wildlife in Victoria.
For Frequently Asked Questions go to Help for Injured Wildlife FAQs here
Injured wildlife cases can also be logged online here
Sick or injured wildlife can be taken to the Koala Conservation Reserve between 10am–4pm daily or to the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre from 4pm until closing time (approx. 2 hours after sunset) or to a local vet before 5.30pm
- Phillip Island Nature Parks runs a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, specialising in seabirds such as penguins which we take in from across Victoria.
- If a penguin is outside their burrow during the day, please report it but don’t touch or move the bird. A trained rescuer will come out to assess if the bird needs help.
- The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre can only accept wildlife that lives on Phillip Island such as penguins, echidnas, possums etc.
- The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is unable to accept or attend to snakes or flying foxes/fruit bats, or wildlife that is not found on Phillip Island such as wombats and kangaroos.
- Permit restrictions do not allow the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to accept seals
- Trained staff are available to assist with wildlife rehabilitation in partnership with Wildlife Victoria.
Please click here for updates on wildlife currently being monitored by Phillip Island Nature Parks rangers and information on our wildlife protection programs.
What’s happening when seals are on the beach?
Seal Rocks is home to a large population of an estimated 20,000 seals. Seals often "haul out" to lie on beaches or other areas to rest or moult, moving between land and sea of their own accord. This is normal behaviour and happens more often over the summer months as the seal pups have been weaned and are fending for themselves. Sometimes they can also look injured, but they are actually ok. An example is seals secrete a watery substance from their eyes which is often mistaken for crying or an injury, but it is a natural mechanism to protect their eyes. Seals are also regularly bitten or scratched by other seals, but these wounds heal quickly and don't require human intervention.
To learn more about normal seal behaviour go to Encountering Seals.
What to do if you see a seal on the beach
- Leave it alone and maintain a safe distance from the seal, at least 30m to allow the seal to rest.
- Keep dogs restrained and at least 50m away from the seal to avoid frightening or injuring the seal. Seals and dogs can also share diseases, so best to keep your dog away.
- Do not feed the seal as it may become habituated to humans and unable to fend for itself in the wild.
- Do not attempt to move the seal back into the water or throw water over it – they can self-regulate their body temperature.
What if I believe the seal needs human help?
If you believe the seal needs human help, contact Wildlife Victoria on 03 8400 7300 or the Marine Response Unit on 1300 245 678 or call Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action on 136 186.