Wildlife Emergency Helpline: (03) 8400 7300


Providing rescue, treatment & rehabilitation for injured & distressed wildlife across the Hepburn Shire and surrounding areas.

I've Found an Animal

If you’ve found an animal in distress and want to know the best way to provide help please click the button below for emergency contact details and advice for temporary care if needed.

I'd Like to Make a Donation

In the absence of funding for wildlife rescue & care we take on all the cost ourselves. With your generous support we can continue to provide the highest quality of care for wildlife.

I'd like to Volunteer

We’re always looking for reliable and caring volunteers to help with a range of tasks from cleaning, care and feeding, to fund-raising and promoting Hepburn Wildlife Shelter.


Hepburn Wildlife Shelter was established to provide a safe haven for wildlife placed in danger or distress due to human activity within the Hepburn Shire and its surrounding areas.

Our mission is to provide care and a voice for all wildlife, and to promote education and advocacy so humans understand their impact on the natural world, and how they can live harmoniously with wildlife.

About Hepburn Wildlife Shelter

The Hepburn Wildlife Shelter is a 24–hour, wildlife rescue and treatment centre, established to assist and care for injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wildlife in and around Hepburn Shire in Central Victoria to the north-west of Melbourne.

The shelter is a 100% self-funded incorporated non-profit association run by the founders Gayle Chappell and Jon Rowdon from their home just outside Daylesford in the Hepburn Forest.

With the tireless efforts of Gayle, Jon and our passionate team of volunteers we house, feed, treat and care for over 100 animals per day from mammals to birds to reptiles.

What we do at the Shelter

  • Working with local rescuers to provide emergency response to wildlife in need.

  • 24-Hour specialist medical attention and triage.

  • Veterinary consults with experienced wildlife vets.

  • Specialist dietry considerations for each animal under care.

  • Tailored physical rehabilitation.

  • Careful and considered repatriation back to the wild.

  • Scientific research and animal welfare programs.

Hepburn Wildlife Shelter
PO Box 133,
Victoria, 3460

Email: info@hepburnwildlifeshelter.org

Phone: 0409 380 327

Wildlife Emergency?

You can call the Wildlife Victoria emergency response line on (03) 8400 7300 between 6.40am and 7.30pm, 7 days a week.