Wildlife capture & handling

Ecoplan Australia offers wildlife capture and handling services, essential to many management and research activities. For example, capture and handling of wildlife are required during translocation or reintroduction to new habitats, for the attachment of radio-tracking devices, in tagging for studies of population dynamics, and in veterinary assessment and treatment.

In all wildlife capture and handling services offered by Ecoplan Australia, our focus is on operator safety and animal welfare. We are experienced in capture and handling of wildlife ranging in size from small rodents to large marsupials and select techniques that maximise efficiency and safety while minimising stress to animals. We undertake animal capture and handling in accordance with specifications stipulated by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Wildlife Research Permits.

Chemical capture is used when sedation is necessary. Animals are immobilised using sedative chemicals. Delivery using dart gun projector systems, blow pipes or syringe poles is particularly well-suited to large wildlife such as ungulates (e.g., deer and goats) and macropods (e.g., kangaroos and wallabies).

Ecoplan Australia possess firearms licences (Categories A, B and C) for tranquiliser dart guns,

and staff are trained in the use of chemical capture (Ecotone Wildlife Veterinary Services). We have a range of chemical capture equipment including a five-metre prod-pole, dart guns, blowpipes, and equipment for anaesthetic monitoring.

For capture of smaller wildlife species, trapping is commonly used. Ecoplan Australia is experienced in the use of a range of wildlife trapping methods for small–medium bodied mammals including mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Importantly, Ecoplan Australia has specialist skills in capture of arboreal wildlife such as possums and gliders, koalas and bats. We can perform sedation by hand injection and undertake animal handling procedures as required, for example, fitting of radio-tracking equipment, collection of serological samples, and health/condition assessments.

Our capture and handling expertise is enhanced by training in wildlife disease management (Edinburgh University and the Durrell Conservation Organisation). Our staff are knowledgeable in disease prevention during capture and handling, as well as when conducting research and management in the greater landscape.

Contact us to discuss how our wildlife capture and handling services may assist you in achieving your management or research objectives.

Contact Us