Wildlife Assist Wildlife Assist App - Taronga Conservation Society Australia

An app that records, monitors, and advises on providing Australian wildlife with food, water and shelter in the field.

Wildlife Assist App

What is Wildlife Assist?

Food
Water
Shelter

Animal Food, Water and Shelter station monitoring

Wildlife Assist is a digital tool for tracking and monitoring the provision of Food, Water and Shelter resources for wildlife as a response to natural disaster or species preservation initiatives.

Download the App for free on Google Play and Apple stores.

Why the App?

Wildlife Assist was developed by Taronga Conservation Society Australia as part of an Australian Federal Government bushfire response initiative in the wake of the 2019/20 'Black Summer' Bushfires which had a devastating impact on wildlife populations across Australia, particularly in the regional areas of NSW and Victoria.

A need was identified to better track, monitor and manage the three main types of care provided to animal populations in natural-disaster affected areas.

Wildlife Assist App Features

Plot Stations

Plot and record wildlife food, water and shelter stations for the locations where you are adminstering resources for wildlife recovery in the field.

Monitor Resources

Monitor food, water and shelter resources for each station. Check a station's data and observe resource levels updated by previous users.

Record sightings

Record animal sightings and provide observational data on body condition and animal behaviour at a wildlife resource station.

Register Groups

Register wildlife recovery groups and observe group activity and data within the App. Locate where members of your group have been most active.

Locate Guides

Consult professionally written guides on wildlife nutrition and feeding, curated by Zoo Nutrionists and wildlife experts; updated regularly.

Receive Alerts

Receive important alerts and updates from Group and App administrators about managing wildlife recovery operations in disaster affected areas.

The Importance of Food, Water & Shelter for Wildlife Recovery

Food Food for Wildlife

Starvation of animals in areas impacted by extensive bushfires and prolonged droughts have led to a widespread public and governmental response to provision wildlife. It is assumed that carefully considered supplementary feeding supports the recovery of individuals and species in situ. By reporting your feeding activities in Wildlife Assist, you are directly involved in the research to assess the effects of feeding on native species and help shape the recommendations for future intervention.

Water Water for Wildlife

Prolonged drought and bushfires have prompted huge interest and action by the general public and wildlife professionals in providing supplementary water to wildlife. Such efforts may assist in the recovery of individuals and populations after these catastrophic events. By reporting provision of water in Wildlife Assist, you are directly involved in the research to assess its effects and help streamline future interventions.

Shelter Shelter for Wildlife

Around 300 animal species rely on tree hollows in Australia, including birds, mammals, frogs, reptiles, insects and spiders. Changes to the landscape from urbanisation and agriculture not only reduce the amount of trees and shrubs, and shelter for animals, but also create big gaps between the remaining habitat. Nationally, hollow-using species include at least 83 mammals, 114 birds, 79 reptiles, 27 frogs and many insects and spiders. Of these, at least 64 species (22%) are listed as threatened with extinction. Of course, providing Shelter goes beyond nest boxes and includes coarse woody debris, rocky debris, and a range of variations of these to provide habitat in which animals can shelter. Shelter is fundamental for our native wildlife across Australia (e.g. Key Threatening Process).

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Download the User Guide

Get the most utility out of Wildlife Assist and learn more about the Apps by downloading the user guide below. This guide contains step-by-step instructions and how-to videos.