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Updated 7th Jan

During the worst drought on record, catastrophic fires have ravaged Australia for months. Over 4.9 million hectares of land has been burnt in NSW alone, over 120 fires are still burning and surviving animals are facing dire food and water shortages and loss of habitat.

The situation for wildlife is devasting and it will be months after the fires before the full implications on wild populations can be understood. There have been estimates by ecologists at the University of Sydney that over 800 million animals have already been affected in Australia since September.

WIRES is rescuing and caring for as many sick, injured and orphaned native animals as possible. In December WIRES 1300 line received over 20,000 calls and volunteers attended over 3,300 rescues.

WIRES is a wildlife charity that relies on community support to operate our rescue and care services for wildlife 365 days a year and we are extremely grateful for your support at this difficult time.

 

*Please note that this is not a U.S.-based nonprofit. If you do not reside in the same country as this organization, your contribution may not be tax-deductible. If concerned about deductibility, you should seek advice from a professional advisor before making a contribution to this campaign.

WIRES – Emergency Australian Wildlife Rescue

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WIRES NSW Koala Coordinator Vickii Lett described the current emergency events this way:

“As a wildlife carer it is difficult to describe how it feels to witness the terrible destruction of our wildlife and their homes in our native forests. We are rescuing and caring for many species including our iconic koalas who have been so terribly impacted not just by these fires but by habitat loss which leads them to be exposed to many threats. Possums, gliders, birds, kangaroos and wallabies have all been impacted, as well as animals like our koalas, grey-headed flying-foxes and our amazing tiger quoll which were already considered vulnerable to extinction even before these horrendous fires. 

Words being used to describe these fires are unprecedented and ferocious both are accurate. We have lost countless precious lives in these fires and many more are likely to die of their injuries and starvation. The fire affected areas are vast and remote. Our beautiful and diverse World Heritage listed National Parks which provide our native wildlife with their best protections have been devastated. As carers with our Veterinarians we do our best to care for the injured and displaced wildlife and hope to return them to their forest home. We wait to see how our forests recover over time. It is all so fragile and if not valued easily lost.”

WIRES has over 2,600 incredible volunteers, many of whom have continued rescuing and caring for wildlife during this time of devastation, minimising suffering and saving lives. They have sometimes done this whilst simultaneously dealing with major fire threats to their home and evacuations. There are no words to express the outstanding rescue and care work provided by WIRES volunteers, by wildlife vets and by the volunteers of other wildlife groups, not just during this time of crisis but 365 days a year, every year.

 

Image: Fairfax Media / Getty

 

*Disclosure: This campaign has been created by Charhub’s support team on behalf of WIRES who will be the sole recipient of all contributions as outlined within our Terms. For further details, read our Disclaimer or contact our support team at support@charhub.org

  • 07-01-2020

    Emergency Wildlife Rescue

    During the worst drought on record, catastrophic fires have ravaged Australia for months. Over 4.9 million hectares of land has been burnt in NSW alone, over 120 fires are still burning and surviving animals are facing dire food and water shortages and loss of habitat.

    The situation for wildlife is devasting and it will be months after the fires before the full implications on wild populations can be understood. There have been estimates by ecologists at the University of Sydney that over 800 million animals have already been affected in Australia since September.

    WIRES is rescuing and caring for as many sick, injured and orphaned native animals as possible. In December WIRES 1300 line received over 20,000 calls and volunteers attended over 3,300 rescues.

    WIRES is a wildlife charity that relies on community support to operate our rescue and care services for wildlife 365 days a year and we are extremely grateful for your support at this difficult time.

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