Introduction

What to do if you find a dead bird, beached whale, or other native animal that might need help.

Who to contact

Ring these phone numbers and DOC or MPI will tell you what to do next.

Report 1 or 2 sick, injured or dead animals

Ring the DOC emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).

Report whale or dolphin strandings

Ring the DOC emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).

Report a group (3 or more) of sick, injured or dead animals

Ring the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) pest and disease hotline 0800 80 99 66.

Keeping wildlife

You can't keep wildlife without a permit from DOC. Get information about wildlife permits.

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