On the Roads .....

Here are some suggestions when driving to keep yourself and our wildlife safe:   

  • Drive slowly - particularly around dusk and dawn when wildlife is most active
  • Use your peripheral vision to scan the sides of roads for animals preparing to cross the road
  • Wildlife moves in an unpredictable manner when alarmed - particularly kangaroos. If you see a kangaroo bound in one direction do not assume it will continue in the same direction
  • A great proportion of wildlife road incidents occur during Autumn and Spring when wildlife is most mobile
  • Wildlife are creatures of habit, and generally follow the same route including where they cross roads. Wildlife rescuers see many animal vehicle / collisions at the same spots. Some of these 'hot spots' are marked by wildlife road signs but not all of them. Drive particularly carefully through these spots
  • If you see a kangaroo cross the road, it's likely that more kangaroos will be following as they move in groups
  • Our roads are built so that rain runs off the edges, which means that often there is lush grass around the sides of the roads. If you see wildlife grazing at the edge of the road, if there is no other traffic around, toot your horn once to scare the animals away from the road. DO NOT DO THIS IF THERE IS OTHER TRAFFIC AROUND AS THE ANIMAL MAY MOVE IN THE PATH OF THAT TRAFFIC
  • If you are involved in a collision with wildlife, check if the animal is dead. If it is not dead, call Wildlife Victoria's 24 hour emergency number on (03) 8400 7300 for assistance
  • If the animal is dead, check if it is a female. If so, check for at-heel young, or pouch young. If there are joey(s), call Wildlife Victoria's 24 hour emergency number on (03) 8400 7300