Help & Support



Peggy Mc Donald has spent the last 25 years of her life pursuing the dream of providing a centre where birds of prey can be rehabilitated and released. Peggy who has a chronic auto-immune disease, has given everything, to build from the bottom up, a world class raptor rehab-facility. All of her efforts are completely voluntary requiring the help and support from those who care about her work.

This dream also involves seeing Australia move towards the forefront of raptor rehabilitation standards as is already evident in areas like the Gabbert Raptor Center at Minnesota University and the Abu Dabi Falcon Hospital (world's largest falcon hospital), where she has complete 4 internships over 5 months.


"Over the last 30 years I have been lucky enough to meet some truly wonderful and passionate people who have a love of Australian wildlife as well as a solid determination to continue to learn, share knowledge and to insure that when a bird of prey comes into care it receives the very best rehabilitation and veterinary practices we are able to offer. When a bird is finally released, it will have the best chance possible to not only survive but to thrive as well."

Major supporters and suppliers of bird food, medicines

and help with facility upgrades.

Sponsors of  the amazing CCTV system – a game changer in the way birds can be viewed while in care

Higher Ground Raptor Centre is an Australian bird of prey rehabilitation, release and education facility conceived, built and managed by licensed carer Peggy McDonald CF

We are now forming a new not-for-profit company to further grow our work in raptor care, rehabilitation and conservation called Higher Ground Raptor Centre Ltd ABN 78 644 738 769. We are still in the process of seeking all our registrations. In the meantime, please continue to donate to support us on our donate page through WRSC.


In 2017 Peggy became a Churchill Fellowship recipient "to advance and exchange our knowledge of Australian raptor rehabilitation and release techniques". Since then, Peggy has travelled to the USA, Canada, Alaska, Abu Dhabi and South Africa and is currently writing her report - watch this space!

Higher Ground Raptor Centre relies entirely on the good grace and generosity of donations and sponsorship to keep the facility running.



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