Friends of the Deer Sanctuary






  • Baby FelicitySponsor a deer and help us help them!

In Australia, deer are considered feral pests, so injured or orphaned deer are euthanised by animal rescue organisations and councils. The Lyell Deer Sanctuary offers a refuge for these animals - we rescue, feed, and rehabilitate. It is illegal to release them, so we provide a safe space for them to live out their days with access to food, water and liberal doses of love (as long as they aren’t in hard antler!)

Although we are only 30km from the city of Brisbane, Australia, we do not have access to town water, and the drought has left us with dry paddocks and tanks. The cost of water deliveries and hay for the animals is increasing every week. It is hard for all animal carers. 
We try to rescue as many deer as we can, and any contribution helps so much!

The nominal donation amounts below give an idea of how your money can help. We also have the ‘Deerest Friends’ sponsorship program, where you can choose a deer (or other rescued animal in our care) and cover it’s expenses for a month ❤️. The package of perks that go along with being a Deerest Friend includes: free family admission to the Sanctuary during your sponsorship (you can also nominate someone else to visit on your behalf if you can’t get here); a personal letter and photos from your sponsored deer/animal; a beautiful pen and a Lyell Deer Sanctuary sticker.

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        Harvey Prisk | A$62.71

        From Harvey in Adelaide who is very excited about moving to Highvale soon and meeting the deer! 🥰🥰🥰

        Brookfield Retreat

        We have beautiful dear around us and we would take them in if we had the space. We always welcome them on our acreage and are so grateful to see you have set up a sanctuary for these innocent creatures.


        Jess Krause | A$42

        Thank you for everything you do for these sweet animals. We love visiting your sanctuary.

        Hayley Perry | A$52.41

        I'll always help any way I can xx Just adore you guys and the animals here.

        Willow & Winnie | A$26.45

        Willow and Winnie love all the deer and can't wait to visit again one day