Wildfires have been raging across Australia since September last year, devasting everything in their path. Twenty-eight people have lost their lives and thousands more have been left homeless and at risk of health problems from air pollution. Forests and farmlands have been destroyed and over a billion animals have been affected, with scientists fearing it will result in extinction for some species, such as dunnarts: small marsupials resident on Kangaroo Island.
Koalas and other slow-moving animals have been worst hit as they are unable to escape the blaze and those that do survive face a future with little shelter, food or water. A problem that’s compounded by humans and habitat destruction. The removal of suitable habitat nearby to where they live means they have nowhere to crawl to.
Australia’s animals need your help!
Rescuing animals is expensive work; medical care, food and shelter all cost money. Therefore, wherever you are in the world, you can help Australia’s wildlife by donating to organisations helping with relief efforts. Here are just three possibilities:
- RSPCA Australia
- World Wildlife Fund
- New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service
If you’re keen knitter or crocheter, you can put your needles and hooks to good use and create helpful supplies, such as blankets, joey pouches and nests, for animals in need. If this sounds good but you’re not sure where to start, Groups such as these will help:
If you’re in Australia and able, you could always give your time and volunteer at a rescue centre.