Penguin Rehab and Release is a licensed facility in the north-west of Tasmania which provides specialised care for injured or sick penguins and seabirds. The goal of Penguin Rehab & Release is the rehabilitation of penguins (and other seabirds) that come into care (due to sickness, injury or misadventure) enabling successful release back into the wild.
Generous grants from Burnie City Council, Devonport City Council and Wynyard-Waratah Council saw the penguin rehabilitation facility built in Burnie in 2018. It is the first such facility to be built in north-west Tasmania and is available to all penguins (and other seabirds) that require swimming therapy prior to release back into the wild.
The Penguin Rehab and Release facility is run by a registered seabird carer who works closely with local vets, the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Wildlife Management branch of the Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Penguin Rehab and Release is also a member group of Landcare Tasmania and a branch of Wildcare Tasmania.
Penguin Rehab and Release is maintained through donations and through the assistance of a network of people throughout the north-west, including vets, registered seabird carers and volunteers (see our Partners page).
Penguin Rehab and Release is extremely grateful to its volunteers who assist with rescues and releases, vet visits, collecting seawater, washing and drying towels, and other tasks, as well as its generous donors.
Take a peek at the facility (and penguins in care) on Facebook or learn more about little penguins here. You can even get involved in a number of ways, or join us in the penguin pool via our newsletter.
Please note that the Penguin Rehab and Release facility is not open to the public.