Native Animal Rehabilitation Centre

172 Hope Road, Bibra Lake (08) 9417 7105

Our Success Stories!

Native ARC rescues and rehabiltates thousands of WA's native animals every year. Below are just a few of our success stories.


Swans Go Marching Free!

Native ARC receives and treats hundreds of Water Birds in W.A. 

Black Swans are just one of the beautiful species that are affected by illness, road accidents, fishing line/gear injuries, who are admitted and treated by our experienced and dedicated Volunteers.

Recently a Rehabilitated Swan was released back home as told by our valued Volunteer, Jocelyn;

"I released the Swan at Herdsman Lake last weekend and it went beautifully. The swan swam off initially and joined a group of swans.

After about 15 minutes of observing the released Swan, I walked toward the car to leave. He was about 50m away at this point. 

He was very grateful and came back to thank us. He must have been watching and swam back to say Cheerio!

It was a wonderful experience seeing our hard work pay off and another animal back free where he belongs.



Why We Do What We Do!

“When I saw this scene, I just stopped and stood and watched. It filled me with joy, the kind that comes bursting from the inside out, and it reminded me of why I do what I do. 

The Corella on the left came to Native ARC with a case of AGY (Avian Gastric Yeast Infection). It was very thin, weak and dirty. He spent weeks undergoing very intensive treatment in the isolation ward.

The other Corella had come to us from a Vet Clinic. It had been found entangled with barbed wire, and as a result, had a very large hole in it's the wing. With weeks of treatment, numerous Vet appointments and a lot of care, it's wing finally healed and he was moved to the flight aviary. 

These two Corellas had spent months confined to 'cage' rest undergoing intense treatment, but within days of the two being in the flight aviary -  these birds having never met, and of a different species of Corella, had found each other and now have become the best of friends. 

To see these two, so happy, becoming pictures of health after such long and difficult journeys is just such an amazing site.  This is why I do what I do. Rachel - Animal Care Assistant”


Bathing Blue-Billed Beauty!

Native ARC receives and treats hundreds of Water Birds every year in W.A. Recently Native ARC treated a Blue-Billed Duck which was rehabilitated and released back to the wild.

Our Volunteer Gwen, captured these photos and explains his release;

"What a great place the far end of Tomato Lake is - plenty of water and vegetation and lots of water birds. The Blue-billed Duck, who had spent the few last days in our care, was pleased to say goodbye - not even a backward glance! He just went straight into the water and disappeared from sight.

There were other Blue-bills on the lake but they were a distance away.

Eventually he resurfaced and had a good splash about and a preen - getting the “hospital smell” off no doubt.

He swam and splashed about and did a lot of diving – and seemed in very good spirits.”



Darter Dives for Freedom!

Another Native ARC Inc. rehabilitation success story, a Darter Bird was recently released back to the wild by one of our dedicated and valued Volunteers, after it's rehabilitation at Native ARC.

"I released the Darter in my bit of the river not far from our place.

There are other that Darters hang out there - I often hear them calling - not the most melodious song, but very distinctive.

Our girl slipped straight into the water, swam out a bit then started diving. She would be able to get a great feed, as there were lots of small fish jumping.

There's plenty of river here, plenty of fish and plenty of paperbarks to share."

Did you know? 

The Darter’s feathers are not waterproof!

 Their feathers are permeable to water to allow for decreased buoyancy so they can sink to catch their prey, so they will spread their wings to dry them in the sun.

This also helps to control skin parasites.


Spiky is sprightly again!

In June of this year, about 30km North of Lancelin, a couple that had pulled over to change a Tyre noticed an Echidna laying on its back by the side of the road. The Echidna, clearly in distress, was contracting into a ball, bleeding, and had many broken spines.

It appeared to have been hit by a car. Using a towel, the couple kindly scooped up the injured Echidna, bought it back to Perth on their journey home, and took it WAVES. (Western Australian Veterinary Emergency & Speciality). WAVES contacted Native ARC, and after a long journey, the Echidna was now finally resting quietly in Native ARCs Hospital. 

A brief examination (a thorough examination of an Echidna is not an easy task!) revealed wounds on its beak, claw and blood on his face. Weighing in at only 1.8kg, the Echidna was only a juvenile. Triage treatment was administered and an appointment with a specialist Vet (Dr Lisa Winters) was made. Thankfully, the Echidna's wounds were found to be superficial and his future was looking good. 

A few days convalescing in a pre-release enclosure, complete with room service with all meals supplied, allowed the Echidna time and energy to recover from the worst of his scuffs, bumps and bruises. It was vital for the Echidna to be returned back into the wild as soon as possible, for even though the Echidna was still young, it was possible it may have Puggle in a den waiting for it’s return.

The green light for release was given after a final assessment and liaising with Dr Winters, and all that was needed now was someone to take the Echidna back to where it came from, hundreds of kilometres away. 

Native ARC volunteers KJ and Jimmy answered the call, this is their story. 

"On Sunday, Jimmy and I drove almost 3 hours north of Perth to return the Echidna (who we named Spiky for the road trip). We go to Nambung National Park and found a safe spot to release Spiky.

Jimmy opened the cage and Spiky didn't seem to want to come out (we tried to unscrew the top of the pet pack but that was a drama in itself I won't go into!) but slowly we saw it's little nose move out from underneath it's body, sniffing the air and then it was off into the scrub.  Wow Spiky can move quite fast!

It's so rewarding seeing an animal being released back to the wild. Although I only volunteer once a fortnight due to fulltime work commitments, if I can help by driving a 5 hour round trip to release an animal, I'll do it!"

Native ARC values the contribution of all of its Volunteers who like KJ and Jimmy, spend their precious free time helping WA’s Wildlife.