Animals

How To Help The Animals Affected By The Australian Bushfires

More than 1 billion animals have died.

The devastating wildfires that have been spreading across Australia since September have burned millions of acres, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and claimed the lives of more than two dozen people. One of the most catastrophic consequences of the fires is the massive number of wildlife that has perished and will continue to succumb to the smoke and flames.

Some experts estimate that more than 1 billion animals have died in the Australian fires, including many mammals, birds and reptiles. This number does not account for bats, frogs, insects or other invertebrates. The crushing number of losses has ecologists worried that several species could face extinction.

Your Help Can Make a Difference

The sheer magnitude of the death and destruction caused by the fires can seem overwhelming, causing people to feel as though there’s nothing one person could do that would have enough of an impact. However, there is power in numbers, and when many individuals come together to support a cause, the results can be astonishing.

If you feel compelled to give financial help to the animals affected by the Australian bushfires, the following are several reputable organizations that can transform your aid into the most meaningful assistance possible.

Wildlife Warriors

While there are currently no fires near the Australia Zoo in Queensland or the conservation properties run by Steve Irwin’s family, Bindi and Robert Irwin have suggested donating to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. The zoo’s hospital takes in wildlife from all over Australia, as Bindi noted in this Instagram post about bats evacuated from fire-stricken areas.

“Our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated over 100 of these beautiful little souls,” she posted. “I wanted to share with you some of the sweet faces that are getting a second chance at life.”

You can donate at wildlifewarriors.org.au.