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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.
Koala have teamed up with WWF-Australia to deploy detection dogs to find and save wildlife in bushfire affected areas, and to install water stations where wildlife urgently need them.
Right now, Australia is burning. The nation is being ravaged by the most devastating bushfire season the country has ever seen.
WWF-Australia estimates around 1.25 billion animals may have been killed from fires that have burnt more than 10 million hectares across 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. Climate heating triggered bushfires that have destroyed koala habitat, that potentially accelerate the extinction timeline.
In November, a 6,000 hectare fire tore through Spicers Peak Station in Maryvale on Queensland’s Southern Downs. But it was a much more uplifting scene this week as English Springer Spaniels Taz and Missy from OWAD Environment, who are trained to sniff out koala scats, discovered seven surviving koalas, and evidence of more survivors in the area.
This ongoing search is part of WWF-Australia’s recovery efforts and is supported by the Koala.com. Before these devastating bushfires, Koala had already been supporting WWF-Australia to deploy detection dogs to help map koala habitat across the Noosa biosphere.
Detection dogs use their powerful sense of smell to detect koalas. According to OWAD Environment, the dogs can easily and regularly do search 100,000+ trees each day, and their detection abilities are unimpeded by leaf litter or grass/shrub cover.
Using detection dogs to map koala habitat and find survivors is a first and important step in longer term recovery. Partnering with wildlife response organisations, communities and scientists nationally is vital for a swift and effective response and recovery at scale.
To learn more about WWF's help us with our bushfire recovery work click here.
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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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