A Gunnedah animal carer is urging residents to keep a watchful eye out for wildlife on the road.
Martine Moran said the rain is drawing animals, including kangaroos and koalas, to the roadside for water and many were being hit by cars.
"I think they're coming out because they're thirsty and they can get a drink. Some lizards will come and sit on the road because it's warmer after the rain," she said.
"If the rain is lying in puddles, that's where they'll be."
In the days that follow, Mrs Moran said green growth will be the focus of foraging and will once again put them at risk.
"When you're driving after rain, after a couple of days it's going to be a green pick and it's going into bringing the koalas out, particularly in dusk and afternoon," she said.
"They'll be stacks of them then."
Mrs Moran is urging residents to report animals that have been injured or look unwell.
How you can help thirsty wildlife
- Leave out water bowls or fill shell bowls in the shade away from dogs
- Secure domestic pets if an animal enters your property
- Slow down at dawn and dusk for crossing animals
- Drop-off old towels at the NVI office at 326 Conadilly Street
- Donate a leaf lopper - they can be purchased at Mitre 10
Who to call
- Phone WIRES on 1300 094 737 or fill in the online Report a Rescue form.
- Northern Tablelands Wildlife Carers 0408 555 719