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AUSTRALIA: How you can help

Since October 2019, the wildfires have scorched more than 12 million acres, killed at least 24 people, and nearly 2000 homes have been destroyed in Australia.

It is reported that the fires have killed nearly 500 million birds, reptiles and mammals in New South Wales alone.

Many celebrities have already committed to donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the continent fight this devastating inferno. However, it is not possible to say at this point in time how much help is needed and how long it would take for Australia to recover.

If you’d like to help however you can, here are some of the organisations in Australia to donate towards:

Wires Wildlife Rescue

WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.

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WILDLIFE RESCUE ALERT With communication so difficult at this time there will be areas where we cannot get local rescue alerts out to our volunteers. Where alerts are received it may still be impossible for any volunteers to safely respond. In many areas, particularly the South Coast, communication is currently a massive issue. Power outages have knocked out phones and made it impossible to recharge devices and with many telecommunications towers being impacted, many areas also have no or limited mobile reception. In addition many volunteers have either had to evacuate or may need to evacuate their properties. For all community members in fire affected areas, particularly those on the South Coast at this time, please read further emergency advice on our blog at as a guideline to assist any wildlife in need that you find over the next few days. #australiaburns #bushfiresaustralia #wireswildliferescue #wildliferescuealert

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Australian Koala Foundation

The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is the principal non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the effective management and conservation of the Koala and its habitat. 

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The Australian Koala Foundation team are watching the fires closely and our Chairman, Deborah Tabart OAM is evaluating each fire as it happens. We are trying to determine whether Koalas are in those habitats or whether they are empty. Of course, by empty we mean empty of Koalas, but our concern for the biodiversity, and of course all others animals is also front and centre. It is all just horrifying. No-one knows how many animals, birds or other species have been killed or populations decimated. This could take years and we will not speculate right now. AKF supporters know that when we speak out, we try as best we can to give an accurate account of what we think is happening. Deborah has said “These fires are unprecedented. Even our leaders are confused about what needs to happen and when. We must leave the experts in fire to decide what to do and all of us pray for rain. Until the rain comes, by and large there is going to be huge suffering for all, both humans, the #Koala and the environment”. It is a time for patience but we can assure you that our patience for a Koala Protection Act is also front of mind. It is needed more than ever; it is our key mission and we will not back away from the urgency. Let us hope our Prime Minister will listen to our concerns. Write to him – that is what you can right now. In the meantime, pray too for those that have lost their homes, those that are being evacuated and those that may never recover from this disaster. Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

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The World Wildlife Fund have set up a “Help Save Koalas” fund.

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⚠This is an emergency ⚠ Australia is in the grips of the most catastrophic bushfires the country has ever witnessed. So far, more than 8.5 million hectares of Australian land has been burned. That’s more than the Amazon and Californian fires combined. And it’s not over yet. It’s been estimated that half a billion animals have been killed just in New South Wales. This includes thousands of koalas and other iconic species such as kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, cockatoos and honeyeaters burnt alive, and many thousands more injured and homeless To find out how you can help head to the link in our bio ☝️ . #ausfires #bushfiresaustralia #nswfires #vicfires

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Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund

As a voice for wildlife, Zoos Victoria is devastated by the impact of the bushfire crisis on precious species and their habitat and is determined to assist in all aspects, including through raising much-needed emergency funds.

Wildlife Victoria

Donations to the Wildlife Victoria bushfire appeal will be distributed to wildlife shelters and carers to help rebuild enclosures and equipment that they have lost in the fires so that they can continue their lifesaving work, and support those that are struggling to cope with the enormous number of animals that will need care in the coming weeks and months.

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Thank you so much for the response we have received thus far! Every dollar and every share goes a long way. I'd like to introduce you to Emily and Roger. Emily, along with her mother Sharon, run the @goongerahwombatorphanage that took Roger in as a small pouch joey. Rog hasn't had the easiest time growing up, and now his home is surrounded in flames. When Emily isn't at the orphanage, she is the operations supervisor of Wildlife Victoria, making sure the day to day emergency response service is running to its full capabilities in order to help as many injured wildlife as possible. Sadly, we haven't seen her since before Christmas. Emily and Sharon had to evacuate Goongerah, and she has remained in the fire affected areas helping other shelters with their animals until she can return home. The @goongerahwombatorphanage is one of many Victorian wildlife shelters that Wildlife Victoria will be assisting with your donations to our Bushfire appeal. To donate, follow the link in our bio. #rescuetorelease #84007300 #reportdonatevolunteer

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Australian Red Cross

In more than 69 evacuation and recovery centres, their emergency teams have been ready to welcome people who have fled from the fires.

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These fires have been impacting on the lives of people in parts of Australia including VIC, NSW, SA and WA for weeks on end. We’re with you right now and we will continue to support those impacted by the fires in Nov + Dec last year, in QLD, many parts of NSW, and SA Peninsulas. Many communities are still isolated and facing challenging days, testing their remarkable resilience. We are doing what we can to help. Since July 2019, Red Cross teams have responded to 30 emergencies and supported over 18,600 people, through the efforts of more than 1,590 volunteers and staff. Red Cross people have worked day and night providing psychosocial support, registering those who were forced to evacuate and distributing essential relief items such as food and water. And, thanks to the incredible generosity of everyday Australians and many across the world we’ve raised over $31 million for our national disaster relief and recovery work since New Year’s Eve! THANK YOU! The situation is not over yet, but rest assured Red Cross will be there every step of the way, no matter how long it takes, helping people cope and communities recover.💪

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