Wildfires are raging! Donate to our Emergency Appeal now
A koala on a burnt tree, Kangaroo Island © Julie Fletcher / WWF-Australia
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URGENT APPEAL: Across the country, over 10 million hectares of Australian land has been burned to the ground. Over 1 billion animals have lost their lives so far, including thousands of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birds and other iconic wildlife. Your support is urgently needed to care for injured wildlife and restore their homes.
We have launched a global Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund to supply urgent care to wildlife organisations. Will you help before it's too late?
Right now, Australia is being ravaged by one of the most devastating bushfire seasons the country has ever seen.
So far, more than 10 million hectares of Australian land has been burned.
It’s estimated that as many as 8,400 koalas have perished in fires on the mid-north coast of NSW and Kangaroo Island in South Australia has lost over 50% of their koala population This is a devastating blow for an iconic species already in decline, and these bushfires have the potential to hasten koalas’ slide towards extinction in eastern Australia.
Koalas could be extinct in the wild in eastern Australia in as little as 30 years due mainly to ongoing excessive tree-clearing for agricultural and urban development and climate heating triggered bushfires that destroy koala habitat, that potentially accelerate the extinction timeline.
But all hope is not lost. Help is urgently needed for the national emergency fund to help raise $30 million to deliver:
• Wildlife response - including partnering with wildlife response organisations, communities and scientists nationally for a swift and effective response and recovery at scale.
• Habitat restoration - including restoring native forests and damaged wildlife habitat, stopping deforestation, cultivating habitat connectivity, core habitat and Indigenous and rural fire management.
• Future proofing Australia - including driving innovative solutions to help mitigate climate change, driving climate event preparedness, species adaptation and long-term wildlife and nature conservation efforts towards securing Australia’s natural resources for people and nature.
Can you help save our precious koalas before they're gone forever?
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If you have made an animal adoption, please note that delivery of adoption packs will unfortunately be delayed due to the high volume of donations currently being processed.
For urgent questions, please call our supporter relations team on 1800 032 551.
Want to do more?Join the movement asking the Federal Government to contribute their share of funding for vital habitat restoration and protection.
Your support is the first step towards protecting and growing the two billion trees Australia needs to restore its forests and provide safe havens for our unique and vulnerable wildlife.
But we can’t do it alone. You’ve played your part, now it’s time for the Government to do theirs.
We’re taking our 10-point Towards Two Billion Trees plan to Canberra to call on the Government to invest $2 billion to save and grow the additional two billion trees needed to move Australia from a deforestation nation to a reforestation nation by 2030.
Are you with us? Add your voice so we can grow support for the future of our forests and wildlife.
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