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.
Your gift towards our Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund will make a huge difference as we begin to recover from the bushfire crisis.
The road to recovery starts with getting urgently needed funds to frontline wildlife carers in the fire grounds. The next step is ensuring we restore the homes our wildlife lost, by replanting the trees we need to rebuild our natural lands again.
We are working hard to ensure we get the recovery program right; a critical step in making sure we don’t suffer this much loss of life and landscape again.
All recovery efforts should be targeted to ensuring that we replant the habitats we’ve lost to tree clearing and fires; protecting our remaining native trees and forests still standing, and advocating for better decision making and bushland management policies in the years to come.
We’re working with all the governments undertaking the recovery effort, to make sure they do so in a way that helps protect our people and wildlife from similar crises in future.
Are you with us? Add your voice to our call for action! Help us secure a better funded, more comprehensive bushfire recovery plan to protect people and nature - one that protects and restores nature.
We will gather this rapidly growing list of people and deliver this petition to government on your behalf in early 2020.
This summer’s bushfire crisis has been heartbreaking.Over the Christmas break, WWF-Australia’s supporters joined together to show their support for a nature-based recovery plan that restores native habitat to feed and shelter our wildlife and demands better policies and laws to protect their bushland homes in future.
Our supporters have done this by putting their hand in their pocket to contribute to the newly launched Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund.
We have made this investment to protect the future of our country, and now we’re calling on you to do the same - to ensure that you get the recovery mix right..
We are calling for a comprehensive nature-based recovery plan that will seek to:
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