About Animalia Wildlife Shelter


Animalia Wildlife Shelter provides a temporary home / hospital for our precious native wildlife that are sick, injured, orphaned or displaced. Expert care is given to a myriad of animals such as koalas, wallabies, wombats, bandicoots, possums, bats, penguins, gannets and pelicans. They work hard to ensure all animals are returned to the wild once they have fully recovered.

Animalia is situated close to the CBD of Frankston 
on the Mornington Peninsula, south-east of Melbourne. They cover the area known as the Sandbelt region: Brighton-Portsea-Pakenham.

Animalia wildlife shelter is the longest running wildlife shelter in the area. Operated by Michelle and John Thomas, along with a dedicated team of around 43 volunteers and committee members. Animalia has the support and skill of some amazing veterinarians and nurses, ensuring all animals have the best chance of total recovery. Michelle’s vast knowledge has led to the training and mentoring of wildlife carers, rescuers, hotline operators and vets. Michelle has also been utilised as triage nurse, team leader and response manager for large scale disasters. Animalia runs a 24hr wildlife hotline which takes in excess of 3200 calls per year, arranging rescues, addressing concerns and giving advice.

Animalia is forever busy with a constant stream of wildlife needing help and support. Fundraising is an ongoing concern to ensure all formulas, medications, medical tests and life saving procedures can be provided when needed, this adds to the huge financial commitment already undertaken.

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Animalia Wildlife Shelter

Injured sick and orphaned Australian wildlife are rescued, treated rehabilitated then released back to the wild. Animalia services the area between Brighton to Portsea but is based in Frankston, Victoria.
Penguins, Pelicans, Gannet’s in fact all manner of seabirds, birds and mammals including koalas and flying foxes are cared for by our shelter backed up by a team of volunteers who work tirelessly for the benefit of wildlife and conservation.