The horrific brushfires in Southern Australia are still raging on — displacing thousands of people, wiping out millions of acres, destroying hundreds of homes and killing almost half a billion total mammals, birds and reptiles, since it sparked in September.
With strong winds and high temperatures expected to come in, officials are warning residents that they could create incredibly dangerous conditions — even worse than past weeks.
With all these horrifying outcomes, you may be wondering how you can help.
So here are some wildlife charities and organizations you can show your love and donate to during this devastating time.
Wires Wildlife Rescue
Wires is a wildlife rescue operation mostly run by volunteers that already have stretched budget outside of bush fire season. They help to rescue all kinds of animal and wildlife that are injured and could use your help. An emergency fund has been set up to help with the impact that the catastrophic fires are having on local animals. You can donate here.
WWF Australia is part of the worldwide WWF, who have been a leading voice for nature for more than half a century, working in 100 countries on six continents with the help of over five million supporters. Now they are asking for our help: "The majority of koalas on Australia's east coast live within the "Koala Triangle," a region where the species could be extinct in as little as 30 years. Fires are raging through this area, potentially accelerating this timeline. When the fires clear, we will need to restore what has been lost". You can donate HERE
South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM)
South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM) has been activated to manage the wildlife rescue effort and is working with other groups in fire-affected regions. You can donate Here.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
From their dedicated Go-Fund Me page: "Over the past few days we have started to see a large number of injured koalas, along with other native species heavily impacted by this event. We have been treating these victims as best we can to supply pain relief, antibiotics, treatment to wounds and basic husbandry requirements. We spent most of January 3rd building extra holding enclosures as well as defending the park from the immediate threat of the fire. We will continue to prepare more infrastructure to house the extra wildlife we expect to see over the coming weeks. For those of you who would like to contribute we are asking for funds to help with veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements, extra holding/rehabilitation enclosures, as well as setting up a building to hold supplies to treat these animals". You can donate Here
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
More than 2000 koalas are feared to have perished in NSW since September. The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has raised more than $2 million for the wildlife affected in that area, with the initial aim of using the money to distribute automatic drinking stations in the burnt areas to help in koala and wildlife survival. The organization are now sharing the funds with other wildlife organizations in the fire-affected regions across NSW. You can donate here.
RSPCA Bushfire Appeal
Donations to the appeal will help keep RSPCA inspectors available to respond to emergencies and help animals in need evacuate disaster zones. Money given to the fund will help to protect pets, livestock and other wildlife impacted by the blazes. You can donate Here
Koalas In Care
Heartbreakingly, over 100 koalas have died in the last 24 hours alone, with many others left injured. Organizations like Koalas In Care help look after the hurt animals. It's a not-for-profit that is run entirely run by volunteers. There is also a Go fund Me pagethat has been set up to help Koalas that have been devastated by the fires.
Wildlife Rescue Sunshine Coast
This is another incredible organization that is trying to hit a $100,000 goal to help with the recovery effort, which it states can take months or even years. You can help them out here.
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