Six months after the bushfires you’re still helping Aussie animals

03/08/2020

Thanks to you, our work to support the long-term recovery from the devastating bushfires continues. 10 wildlife groups were supported following the bushfires earlier this year.

Thank you for everything you’ve done to help ensure vulnerable Australian animals continue to be cared for long after the bushfire crisis.

Top image credit: Rocklily Wombats and HUHA

One such group was Hunter Wildlife Rescue, where Gregory the grey kangaroo and his special friend Celia the redneck wallaby have formed a very special bond during their recovery.

The Hunter Wildlife team found these two youngsters on a day when, sadly, they also found 11 mums burnt with no adult survivors. Thankfully, the two joeys were found unharmed; and have been cared for ever since using the feed supplies and equipment donated by supporters just like you.

Gregory kissing Celia

Gregory kissing Celia

Another organisation you helped support was Native Animal Rescue Group with feed for 200 much-needed feed stations – which were then stocked and replenished by volunteers.

NARG were also able to treat the badly burnt feet of a cute joey dubbed “Sparkles” (to match her sparkly bandages); and carried out laser treatment on an injured little 4kg infant wombat to whom staff gave the defiant name “Ash”.

Sparkles the Kangaroo is receiving treatment for foot injuries
Sparkles’ badly burnt feet treated with bandages (Credit: Steve Garlick)
Ash the wombat with safety goggles on while receiving laser treatment to his injuries.
Ash (one cool wombat) with safety goggles receiving laser treatment (Credit: Steve Garlick)
Supplies bound for feed stations
Supplies bound for feed stations (Credit: Steve Garlick)

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You also helped support Rocklily Wombats in the Blue Mountains, NSW by funding feed and watering station equipment for the property. This helped around 280 macropods (kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos) plus around 20 wombats, along with the few remaining possums and about three dozen birds in an area.

Along with supporting these recovery efforts on the ground, you’ve made it possible for us to plan and provide long-term strategies including capacity regional vet building for wildlife care.

You’re helping us work with Macquarie University to assess Australia’s existing framework for disaster risk response and our existing principles and laws for animals in disaster. The research will provide an assessment of their adequacy and include recommendations for future improvements. And our Protect your Pet in a Bushfire checklist is being distributed ahead of the next fire season to help pet owners plan ahead to avoid disaster.

And finally, a big thank you to the 11,765 supporters who stood side by side with native animals by adding their names to our submission to strengthen environmental protection laws. Together, we urged the Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, to improve animal protection in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Thank you for everything you’ve done to help ensure vulnerable Australian animals continue to be cared for long after the bushfire crisis.

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