Linda Dennis


My Wildlife Training

Hands on Wildlife
Safe Snake Handling Course

Dave Pinson and Connie Kerr
Flying Fox and Microbat Training

Wildcare Australia
Koalas (Orphaned Joeys) Workshop

Victoria University
Certificate III in Captive Animals (Wildlife Husbandry and Rehabilitation)

Macquarie University
Conservation, Welfare & Handling
of Australian Marsupials

Central West Community College
Train Small Groups

Central West Community College
Deliver Training Sessions

NSW Government
How to Become a Better Communicator

National Koala Conference
- New Sourth Wales

National Wombat Conference
- New South Wales

National Wildlife
Rehabilitation Conference

- Queensland
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory
- Australian Capital Territory
- South Australia
- Tasmania
- Melbourne

Philip Pain
Raptor Rehabilitation

Raptor Caring Course x2

Sonya Stanvic's
Possums, Juvenile to Adult

Caring, Rearing and Rehabilitation
of Marsupials

Western Plains Zoo
Caring for Wombats

Western Plains Zoo
Wildlife Seminar

Lynda Staker's
Don't Step Backward
Marcropod course


Creator and owner of Fourth Crossing Wildlife

My passion for Australian native animals was kick started nearly 20 years ago with my very first raptor experience at Eagle Heritage near Margaret River in Western Australia. After an up close and personal experience with a Black Kite perching on my gloved hand I vowed that I would soon work closely with these magnificent creatures.

Some years later I held true to the vow and I become licensed to raise and rehabilitate native animals that had been injured, were sick or orphaned. And, with the help of my husband Todd, I have now been experiencing the joy of wildlife care for just around 12 years.

In 2003 I created Fourth Crossing Wildlife which started out as a place to share my care knowledge, photos and stories on of native animals. It has since grown to become the wildlife carers best friend with quality care guides and short term care tips easily accessible by people (and critters!) in need. Many highly experienced wildlife carers contribute to FCW, including veterinarians and zoo keepers.

I have cared for many Australian native animals including several species of macropod and possum, various reptiles and many species of bird including my beloved Birds of Prey, of which I specialised in for 3 years. I had the immense pleasure of successfully rehabilitating and releasing many Birds of Prey including the awesome Wedge-Tailed Eagle, Nankeen Kestrel, Collared Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, Black-Shouldered Kite and more.

I have had the enormous delight of raising Bare-Nosed Wombats, my all time favourite critter! These short and stocky bundles of energy and bravado have become my ultimate passion in life! Our first wombat Tici - with very little effort - took over a large part of my heart and I have been hooked on wombats ever since.

In 2004 I recognised that there was a gaping hole in my region in the area of public education relating to Australian wildlife and so I established Fauna First Aid, a program teaching vet nurse students at Orange TAFE how to properly care for native animals in a veterinary care situation. In 2005 I extended the program to include school age students - highlighting the dangers involved in handling wild animals and to show what Mum & Dad could do during short term care periods.

In June 2005 Fauna First Aid became a project sponsored by the Australian Geographic Society - a very humbling and proud moment. With such high profile backing I decided to take the plunge and move my wildlife seminars to the next level and so became a guide to the care of bare-nosed wombats. I also teach Macropology with the approval and support of Cheryl Dooley, author.

Other institutions such as IFAW and the Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia have also recognised my wildlife work, which I am eternally grateful for.

Member of
Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers
Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

My wildlife volunteer work

Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia Regional Advisor and Newsletter Editor
The Wombat Foundation Webmaster
Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat Hair Census x2
Norrthern Hairy-Nosed Wombat Caretaking
Western Ringtail Possum Mortality Study
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital Volunteer

The Wombat Protection Society of Australia Webmaster and Director (now finished)
WA Australian Seabird Rescue Webmaster (now finished)

NSW Wildlife Council Steering Committee member (now finished)

My wildlife awards

WPSA Serventy Conservation Award Runner Up
IFAW Welfare and Education Award


Click on links below to view Linda's Fauna First Aid Resources.

Click here to be directed to Fauna First Aid, Linda's wildlife training program.



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