Habitats are getting smaller because of urbanisation and agriculture, and native animals are often forced to live in close quarters with humans. Feeding native animals can give us a wonderful opportunity to observe native wildlife in our own backyards, but these are still wild animals.
By feeding them we are actually doing them, and the environment, more harm than good as artificial feeding of wildlife can:
- alter their natural behaviour
- contribute to overpopulation
- make some animals aggressive
- cause poor nutrition
- contribute to the presence of vermin at feeding sites
- spread disease
- often lead to unwelcome wildlife causing property damage in residential areas
- affect water quality and cause damage to the area.
Don't turn a native animal into a pest - they need habitat, not food handouts. Rather than feeding wildlife, get involved in planting native trees and shrubs for wildlife in your backyard or local area.
For more detail on the above, read our brochure, do not feed wildlife.
For detailed information relating to bushfires and how you can help injured wildlife and provide emergency water or food, see the 'Helping South Australian wildlife affected by bushfires' page.