Two macropods that were being kept illegally by an unlicensed wildlife carer have been given a new home at a Rockhampton zoo following an investigation by wildlife officers.
Manager of Wildlife and Threatened Species Frank Mills said the Department of Environment and Science first received concerns about the welfare of native wildlife being cared for by a wildlife carer in August last year.
“Following an investigation, DES executed a warrant at a property in central Queensland in November 2021 and seized a large number of animals,” Mr Mills said.
“This included 56 kangaroos and wallabies, 9 freshwater turtles and 23 native birds, that were being held unlawfully and in conditions that did not meet required standards.
“The wildlife carer’s permit expired in 2010, and she did not hold the relevant rehabilitation permit to keep or rehabilitate the animals.