Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue (locally known as LAOKO) is a not-for-profit wildlife rescue and rehabilitation group based in the Snowy Monaro region of NSW. LAOKO was established in 1988, making it the second longest running licenced wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organisation in NSW.

The 100% volunteer-run organisation covers an area of approximately 15,000 square kilometres (1.5 million hectares) and encompasses towns such as Cooma, Bombala, Delegate, Bredbo, Berridale,
Jindabyne, Kalkite, Adaminaby – and also includes Kosciuszko National Park plus the ski resorts of Thredbo, Perisher, Selwyn and Charlotte Pass.

The area that we cover can be seen here.

LAOKO is currently made up of ~150 volunteers. Depending on their time and availability the involvement of volunteers ranges from office bearers to phone staff providing 24/7 emergency
assistance through to rescues, transportation, euthanasia, natural disaster response, wildlife care, wombat mange treatment, media and public awareness, training, manning market stalls for
fundraising, sewing pouches/making enclosures.

Each year hundreds of native animals are orphaned, injured or killed as a result of car accidents, dog attacks and human intervention in the form of unauthorised culling. Many young animals as a result are left Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue assists in the rescue and rehabilitation of these animals for eventual release back into the wild.

If you find a sick/injured/orphaned animal in our area, please contact us on (02) 6456 1313.

What we do and where donations go to

  • To aid in the rehabilitation of sick or injured native wildlife. Our goal is to relocate rehabilitated wildlife back into the wild.
  • Promote and grow our service to ensure wildlife will continue to be cared for in the Snowy Monaro Region for many generations to come.
  • To provide native wildlife in need of protection with long and short-term care – including those which are sick, injured, orphaned, neglected or which have suffered from mistreatment or cruelty.
  • To help other wildlife organisations by sharing volunteers, equipment, information and supplies whenever and wherever possible.
  • To provide and maintain an education program based on the principles of animal welfare, in addition to a conservation program – both directed towards a variety of ages/groups.

In 2023, we achieved our deductible gift recipient status which allows all donations $2 and above to be tax deductible.

We are also a member of the

New South Wales Wildlife Council.

Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue (LAOKO) works in conjunction with many community organisations, agencies and businesses such as Snowy Monaro Regional Council, NSW Police – Monaro LAC, Snowy River SES, Monaro RFS, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife and Snowy Hydro to achieve its wildlife licence rescue and welfare obligations.

Our Latest President’s Report – 2023 AGM – here.

CURRENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS and their contacts :

President  –  president.laoko@gmail.com – position vacant

Vice President Administration – vicepresident.laoko@gmail.com – Allyson Jennings

Vice President Operations – vicepresident.laoko@gmail.com – Kelly McMahon

Secretary – laokosmwr@gmail.com – Michael Milne

Treasurer – treasurer.laoko@gmail.com – Robyn George

Mange Officer – wombatmange.laoko@gmail.com – Monica Cowan

Snake and Reptile Coordinator – laokosmwr@gmail.com – Angela Barns

Wombat Coordinator – wombatmange.laoko@gmail.com – Rebecca Cowan

Euthanasia Coordinator – euthanasia.laoko@gmail.com – Di Blyton

Emergency Phone Coordinator – laokosmwr@gmail.com – Jamie Astridge

Bats Coordinator – laokosmwr@gmail.com – Paula Bosch

Training Co-ordinator – laoko.training@gmail.com – Michael Milne

Fundraising Coordinator – fundraise.laoko@gmail.com – position vacant

Grants Coordinator – position vacant

Linda Milne – ordinary member

Suzanne Turner – ordinary member