About Animalia Wildlife Shelter


Animalia Wildlife Shelter provides a temporary home/hospital for our precious Australian 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 & Pelicans ensuring 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, just south-east of Melbourne. We cover the area known as the Sandbelt region: Brighton-Portsea-Pakenham.  

Run by volunteers

Animalia wildlife shelter is the area’s longest running wildlife shelter, operated by Michelle and John Thomas along with a dedicated team of around 43 volunteers and committee. 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 lead to training & mentoring wildlife carers, rescuers, hotline operators and advising 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 answering calls, arranging rescues or sometimes just advice.    
Animalia is forever busy with a constant stream of wildlife needing help and support. Animalia is run by volunteers completely as a not for profit organisation and as such must undertake huge amounts of fundraising to ensure all formulas, medications, medical tests and life saving procedures can be provided when needed adding to the huge financial commitment already undertaken. We desperately need funds of $20,000 per year to ease the financial burden & ensure our vital service continues as we rarely see grants or funding.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
(not a bear)

Animalia Wildlife Shelter @ Together For Wildlife Launch

At The Memo Theatre, Healesville on February 28, 2019

I’m Michelle Thomas, Principal Carer at Animalia Wildlife Shelter

Animalia Wildlife Shelter is a not for profit organisation which relies on donations from the public to continue this important work in the rescue, care and rehabilitation of our native wildlife. We started in 1990 and need funding for our running costs which includes maintaining a 24 hour wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre that can be utilised for education, training, rehabilitation and the over-arching goals of the association.
We aim to further develop the environmental awareness of the citizens of the community & region towards wildlife and its needs.
Thank you.”


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.


A Possible Future

It is hoped that T4W can be established such that no one can say “I am concerned about wildlife and the environment but I am only one person, what can I do?”. The analogy suitable for T4W is towards an avalanche of help for wildlife.
The early members will act as if to throw $10 stones on a mountain side. As they aggregate, eventually a trickle will form, then a stream and later a cascade. With good fortune, intentions and actions, an avalanche of help for wildlife will form as long as we have the collective will to make it happen. By many people coming together we should indeed make it happen.

Discounts for Members

We hope with in the Yarra Valley a good number of businesses will join on condition they provide discounts for members of T4W. This could make it an economic advantage to be a member of T4W.

Want to get started?

Create a one-off membership by pledging to your preferred wildlife cause here.