Right now, Australia is burning. The nation is being ravaged by the most devastating bushfire seasons the country has ever seen.
So far, more than 6 million hectares of Australian land has been burned. That’s more than the Amazon and Californian fires combined. At least 23 people have died and over 2000 homes lost. WWF is greatly saddened by the loss of life and homes, as well as all the injuries, pain and suffering caused by the bushfires.
NSW has declared a state of emergency and Victoria a state of disaster, and major fires are raging in South Australia, Kangaroo Island and Western Australia.
We’ve seen almost four million hectares already burnt in NSW alone. And while trees burn, our wildlife also suffers.
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
The catastrophic megafires sweeping our country are greatly worsening the species extinction crisis we’re already facing.
You can help Australia get emergency funds to care for our injured wildlife, and when the fires clear, help restore the forest homes our koalas and other animals have lost.