Nearly 500 million animals killed in Australian bushfires - and something you can do to help

December 28, 2019

Photograph: Eden Hills Country Fire Service/Facebook
Around 480 million animals are feared to have died in the bushfires sweeping Australia, including nearly a third of the koalas in New South Wales's main habitat.

Ecologists at the University of Sydney estimate around 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles have been killed, directly or indirectly, by the devastating blazes since they began in September, The Times reported.

This includes almost 8,000 koalas, which are believed to have burnt to death on the state’s mid-north coast.
More than 100 fires continue to rage across the country, having so far consumed more than five million hectares of land.‍

- UK Evening Standard (28 Dec 2019)

Bushfire conditions set to worsen as heatwave looms

A heatwave is forecast to hit bushfire-affected parts of Australia, and the high temperatures combined with strong winds could be deadly.|

Firefighters across Australia are “giving their all” to contain large and complex bushfires, as the country braces for conditions to worsen amid forecast high temperatures and dry winds.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects the fire danger to intensify into the new week amid increasing heat and winds. (28 Dec 2019)

The Rescue Collective provides a community environment in which rescues, volunteers and supporters band together to make greater impact the area of Animal Welfare in Australia. Through the collection of donations and networking of resources, they assist & work with all facets of animal rescue. 

They are working with many groups across the country during these bush fires, helping both native animals and domestic pets. And they need all the help they can get.

It wonderful to see so many groups working collaboratively together under the one umbrella to get supplies and support to where they are most needed.

Donations can be made on The Rescue Collective website. You can also join their Facebook page to keep up to date with the work they are doing.

Please help them if you can.

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