Helping our Wildlife

10 Aug 2022

Sydney Olympic Park contains open space and Parklands that are  habitat for a variety of wildlife.

How you can help sick or injured wildlife

If you encounter sick or injured wildlife, you can help by: 

  • Only move wildlife that is injured or at risk of injury.
  • Wear gloves before handling animals or ensure hands are clean and free of chemicals such as nicotine, fuel, sunscreen insect repellent. 
  • Place sick or injured wildlife in a clean container/box with breathing holes and a lid, and place the animal in a warm, dark and quiet place.


  • Frogs need a small amount of bottled water to be placed in the bag/container (not enough to submerge them)
  • Other wildlife such as possum and birds – gently place a towel over/around them to keep them warm.
  • For your own safety, do not handle bats or snakes.
  • Always wash your hands after handling animal.

Immediately contact for assistance

Staffed Hours 7.30am – 5pm | 7 days

  1. Contact Sydney Olympic Park Authority Park Rangers 0408 864 798
  2. Ensure someone is coming to assist.

After Hours | 7 days

  1. Contact WIRES 1300 094 737 and ask for a reference number. 
  2. Transport the animal to the local 24-hour veterinary clinic. Animal Referral Hospital (ARH) 250 Parramatta Rd, 9758 8666. Provide ARH with WIRES reference number.
  3. Email Park Rangers at parkranger@sopa.nsw.gov.au and provide date and time of find, veterinary details and WIRES reference number.


Deceased possums

Pouch needs to be checked for joeys. Please contact SOPA Park Rangers immediately.

Young chicks

It is normal for the young of many species to be on the ground in Spring before they learn how to fly (e.g. Magpies). Do not interfere unless they are not fully feathered, sick, injured, have been touched by a cat or dog or not in a safe place. If the above do not apply, observe from a distance for an hour – if the parents are tending to it, leave the chick in their care.


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