As wildfires rage, animals across Australia are fighting for their lives.
Since the blazes began in New South Wales in September, it's been estimated that nearly half a billion animals have been killed or threatened. And as the fires continue to spread, so has the damage to Australia's native animals and their homes.
Australia is experiencing its driest and hottest year on record . And animals who escape the flames and smoke will soon have to deal with habitat destruction and food and water shortages.
The continent is home to more than 300 native species, ranging from marsupials such as kangaroos, koalas and wallabies to egg-laying mammals such as platypuses and echidnas. In addition to the devastating fires, the country is on the brink of an extinction crisis: “Some 34 species and subspecies of native mammals have become extinct in Australia over the last 200 years," Professor Chris Dickman wrote in a statment, "the highest rate of loss for any region in the world.”
But, still, there is hope.
There are actions you can take to help the animals affected by Australia’s wildfires and preserve the country's rich biodiversity.
To help koalas displaced by the fires, you can give to the World Wildlife found, who will be using donations to help restore the “Koala Triangle," a portion of Australia’s east coast hit hardest by the fires. In addition, Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is installing koala water stations in burnt areas, as well as establishing the world’s first wild koala breeding program. Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue are the largest group of experienced and dedicated volunteer Koala carers and rescuers in South Australia. To contribute to care for the victims of this tragedy, please make donation.Your gift today will help rescue animals in distress.
Give now to help.