Code of Practice

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  1. Transportation
    1. Objective
      1. To transport wildlife in such a way that minimises further stress and injury and prevents escape. This section applies to the movement of all sick, injured or orphaned wildlife (e.g. from the point of rescue to a veterinary surgery and between rehabilitation facilities and to the release site).
    2. Standards
      1. Transport must not cause unnecessary pain or distress to the animal.
      2. Sick, injured or orphaned wildlife must only be transported when and where necessary.
      3. Transport containers must be appropriate for the species (i.e. the size, strength and behaviour of the wildlife being moved).
      4. Transport containers must be designed and maintained in such a way as to:
        1. prevent injury
        2. prevent escape
        3. prevent rolling or tipping during transit
        4. prevent damage to plumage
        5. be hygienic                                                                                            
        6. minimise stress
        7. be suitably ventilated.
      5. Transport containers that hold species that are dangerous, venomous or capable of transmitting potentially fatal zoonoses must be clearly marked with a warning label such as ‘Caution—venomous snake’ or ‘Caution—live bat’, and must be locked and secured.
      6. Wildlife must not be transported in a vehicle’s boot that is separate from the main cabin without ventilation.
      7. Non-compatible species, such as predator and prey combinations must not be transported in a manner that allows physical or visual contact.
      8. Transport containers for wildlife must:
        1. be secured to prevent movement during transport causing stress or injury to the animal
        2. provide protection from direct sunlight
        3. provide protection from wind and rain.
    3. Guidelines
      1. Transport containers that are not of a fully enclosed design should be covered to minimise light, visual stimulation and stress.
      2. The use of medication during transport should be considered and approved by a veterinary surgeon.
      3. The provision of water and food for adult animals is generally not required for short trips (2–3 hours). Food and water should be considered when transporting dependent young and adult animals during longer trips.
      4. Wildlife should not be transported in the back of an uncovered utility vehicle unless the transport container is securely fastened.
      5. Transport containers should be maintained within an appropriate temperature range for the species. Unfurred joeys and bird and monotreme hatchlings should be within the 31–34°C range. 25–27°C is appropriate in most other cases.
      6. An experienced rehabilitator or veterinary surgeon should be consulted if it is uncertain what an appropriate temperature range is for a specialised species.

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