Please note: We are not accepting membership applications from anyone outside of the Snowy Monaro LGA. Please volunteer with your local wildlife rescue organisation.

LAOKO welcomes new members residing in the Snowy Monaro LGA at any time. There are many rewarding ways to support our wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release activities as a member:

Active Membership:

These are members who volunteer time towards the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife – e.g wildlife carers, wildlife rescuers, snake handlers and those that aid in the euthanasia of severely injured wildlife.  The licence that LAOKO holds requires that all persons who work directly with animals MUST be a member of LAOKO.

Associate Membership:

These members don’t have the time to commit to animal rescue and rehabilitation however have an interest and compassion for supporting local native wildlife via primarily financial means  through paying the yearly membership fee. The membership fees help LAOKO immensely by providing funds for the costs associated with wildlife rehabilitation activities.

There are opportunities available to support LAOKO in important ways that don’t take the time and commitment that animal rescue and rehabilitation does.

Tasks include:

  • Emergency phone volunteer

  • Animal transportation

  • Pouch sewing

  • Building holding pens and aviaries

  • Fundraising

  • Social media and marketing

  • Staffing market stalls and events

  • Public outreach

To Join LAOKO and become a part of this active volunteer group print a copy of the ** Membership Form ** AND ** Code of Conduct **. To view the membership form you need the free Acrobat Reader software. If you don’t already have it ** click here**.  Either scan and email your MEMBERSHIP FORM & CODE OF CONDUCT to laokosmwr@gmail.com, or post your completed form to LAOKO at PO Box 159, Berridale, 2628.

Membership fees can be paid by either :

PayPal – select from the buttons below.

Bank transfer –  Name :  LAOKO INC    BSB  :  032 720     Account :  247403

For bank transfers – make sure you put in a description that mentions membership and your name.

All memberships are vetted prior to approval.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you get involved?

Within the Snowy Monaro Region hundreds of native animals come into strife each year for a variety of reasons. Loss of habitat, motor vehicles, harm from domestic pets, diseases, barb wire fences, or pollution are just a few of the many reasons why the local wildlife needs our help.  We have a very caring community who want to help these animals in distress however don’t have the correct resources to help them efficiently. Often what is good for the animal can be distressing for humans, and vice versa. LAOKO (Looking After Our Kosciuszko Orphans) is a network of trained volunteers willing to assist these animals in the best way possible. Joining LAOKO gives you the training and the confidence to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured, orphaned and disadvantaged native animals. Becoming a member of LAOKO is a great way to support and give back to the region along with meeting like minded people who also care about the welfare of wildlife.

What kind of volunteers is LAOKO looking for?

As our organisation covers over 15,000 square kilometres, we often struggle to have enough volunteers willing or able to help out in the field. Becoming a volunteer is a very fulfilling knowing that an animal has breathed a little easier because of you. To become a volunteer who works directly with wildlife you must be over 18, having a caring nature and be prepared to attend training days. You must also be able to understand the differences between caring for native animals that are destined to be released back to the wild, and the care of domestic animals.

What can you expect to do as a volunteer?

We have a range of volunteer activities to suit most people. You may wish to be involved with one, or several of these activities, including:

  • Staffing the wildlife rescue hotline

  • Rescuing and / or transporting native fauna

  • Providing euthanasia for animals in suffering (firearms licence and NSW Police endorsement is required.)

  • Raising and rehabilitating orphaned kangaroos, wombats, koalas, echidnas, reptiles, bats, birds and other animals, so that they can be released back into the wild where they belong.

  • Fundraising for the organisation (e.g staffing market stall, events) so we can purchase essential items such as specialised milk formula and food for animals in care, wombat mange treatment chemicals and other essential equipment.

  • Training and development

  • Providing educational talks and presentations

  • Social media and other marketing

  • Helping with sewing pouches and making holding pens/soft release pens.

Do you need experience to work with wildlife?

Volunteers don’t need to have prior experience however we do welcome anyone who has moved to the Snowy Monaro LGA and has previously done wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Anyone who wishes to work with native animals will need to undertake rescue and rehabilitation training, so the member is equipped with the knowledge and skills to handle and care for wildlife. There are separate trainings for each species of animal. We try our best to pair new carers with more experienced carers, who will provide support. You will not be required to take on animals or duties that you are uncomfortable with. All carers are required to renew their training in accordance with the LAOKO wildlife licencing requirements.

Is there disabled access?

All of the rehabilitation work we do is from our own homes. The premises LAOKO uses for training courses are suitable for access by people with disabilities. While people with disabilities are encouraged to volunteer, we must point out that If a person’s disability has the potential to put the welfare of themselves, or the animal at risk, restrictions may apply in regard to rescue and rehabilitation activities. Many rescue situations may require the rescuer to be fit and agile! Workplace Health and Safety considerations are paramount.

What area does LAOKO cover?

LAOKO covers a 15,000 square kilometre area which includes: Bredbo, Cooma, Berridale, Adaminaby, Kalkite, Jindabyne, Dalgety, Moonbah, Grosses Plain, Numeralla, Nimmitabel and everywhere in between. We also cover part of the Kosciuszko National Park which includes the ski resort areas of Thredbo, Perisher, Selwyn and Charlotte Pass.

What are the hours of operation?

LAOKO provides a wildlife rescue service to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. However, individual carers can indicate their availability. People who work full-time may only be available in the evenings or on weekends, while others may have different preferences.

Is there anything else I should know?

Wildlife rehabilitation is a licensed activity under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. All carers must work within the regulations and Code of Practice that NPWS sets. Mostly these relate to providing a humane and reasonable level of care.

Can I care for wildlife if I have pets?

If you have pets, these must be kept away from wildlife in care as it can cause intense stress for the animal leading often to death. Wildlife thrive in quiet and relaxed homes as opposed to homes with noisy televisions and pets. While it is not a problem to have children around wildlife, it’s crucial that interaction is kept minimal, that children are always supervised by an adult and that any interaction is always quiet and relaxed. It is illegal to keep any rescued wildlife as pets under any circumstance – our goal is to get wildlife back into the wild as soon, and to deal humanely with those that can not be rehabilitated.