About Us

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History

The Raptor & Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation established by Craig Webb on a 20-acre property overlooking Kettering and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.  In 1997 Craig returned to his birthplace of Tasmania after many years in the Kimberly working as a veterinary nurse and involved in all facets of wildlife care, he registered as a licensed wildlife carer with Nature Conservation branch of Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).

This inspiring Refuge clearly reflects our dedication to caring and protecting Tasmania’s natural wildlife, and the proximity of the Refuge to the birds’ natural habitat is a great advantage to rehabilitation. The planting and mulching of many native trees also provides a more natural Bushland setting and privacy.

aviariesThe outstanding feature of this facility is three of the largest raptor flight aviaries in the Southern Hemisphere, purpose-built to flight train Wedge-tailed eagles, Sea-Eagles and other birds, during their recovery from injury. The third massive flight aviary has increased flight facilities considerably, as we now have an in-house policy not to mix Sea-Eagles with Wedge-Tailed Eagles not to mention that these birds need a lot of care and often considerable time for rehabilitation. The nets are salmon netting from the aquaculture industry and are 21m high at its peak and 26m wide.

Along with the three huge flight aviaries there is a large owl aviary and nine slatted aviaries to house many and varied species of raptors, with one bank of aviaries built solely for quarantine purposes. These aviaries are proving to be a wonderful facility, and the water catchment plan is highly successful, providing a much needed resource for the Refuge.

education-centreAn Education Centre has also recently been completed. The purpose-built Centre is an amazing, octagonal structure, with an inspiring steel eagle sculpture by Keith Smith adorning the top of its glass turret. Contact us to arrange a visit to the education centre.

58 Responses to About Us

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    Hi Craig
    I have 6 roosters I would like to donate to your refuge for raptor feeding
    If you would like them please let me know if you will take them live
    If not, what are the euthanasia requirements for food meat
    Noone else seems to be able to assist or want them
    Regards

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    I am just wondering what the impact of the use of 1080 poison has on birds of prey? These birds will feed on dead animals and the knock-on effect of 1080 on the food chain is well known.

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    I say the story on Raptor rescue phone number on the news but I didn’t get the number

  4. Anita Wastell says:

    Visiting Tassie late August for 3 weeks. Would love to visit. To organise our itinerary please let us know where you are
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