Since these catastrophic bushfires first gripped our country, it’s estimated by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) that we’ve lost well over one billion animals.
The animals that have survived now face an incredibly tough time ahead, having to deal with dwindling food sources and decimated shelter offering little protection from equally-hungry prey species.
As a conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction, we’re devastated – and we’re sure you are too.
But we mustn’t lose hope. There are small things you can do right now to make a difference to the lives of the animals who still call Australia home.
Put out water for wildlife
With temperatures still scorching, it’s important to make sure our local wildlife has access to fresh water. By placing water on different levels, such as on the ground and in trees, you can make sure all types of animals can quench their thirst. Placing small rocks or twigs in and across the water bowl or container will mean smaller animals like lizards and insects can have a drink without fear of drowning.
Don’t feed local animals
While you may think leaving food out for local wildlife is helpful, providing the incorrect food can actually harm the animal in question. Animals are incredibly good at finding food, even when we can’t see much around. If there is vegetation still available in or around the area, there is no need to provide supplementary food. If you’re concerned about the condition of an animal, please contact your local vet or wildlife care group.
So, you’ve found an injured animal?
If you encounter an animal who is in need of urgent medical assistance, please contact your local vet or wildlife care group. Do not attempt to provide long-term care for the animal yourself.
Donate to local wildlife groups
Donating is an effective, simple way you can get involved right now. We’re joining forces with Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) of Australasia and good zoos around the world to launch a Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) to raise funds for both emergency and long-term crisis action on the ground.
If you want to donate items to a local wildlife charity or organisation, please get in contact with them first and find out what donations they are looking for. This ensures crisis centers can continue to focus on their important work, rather than sorting through and sorting unnecessary items.
Keep your pets indoors
Bushfire and heat-stressed wildlife are more vulnerable to predators and attacks from other animals. By keeping your pets inside you’re not only making sure local wildlife is safe but your pets are out of harm’s way too.
We’ve been so touched by how many of our incredible supporters want to help and know you will do whatever you can to help our native wildlife and ecosystems bounce back from this tragedy.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the ZAA’s Wildlife Conservation Fund and help us secure a brighter future for fire-affected species.