NSW Wildlife Charity Promises To Divvy Up Donations With Rest Of The Country
With contributions pouring in from local and international donors, New South Wales-based animal charity WIRES has confirmed they'll be helping animals affected by bushfires nationwide.
NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service CEO Leanne Taylor released a statement on Friday detailing how the non-profit will allocate funding and support to all states and territories affected by the crisis.
"While NSW has been hit the hardest with an estimated 800 million of the one billion animals affected to date and approximately 5 million hectares of land burnt, a National Emergency requires a national response and WIRES will act to provide assistance to all wildlife in line with our mission," Taylor said.
"We will soon be announcing some new initiatives that have been made possible through these generous contributions."
Taylor noted the "immediate need" to locate, rescue and care for injured wildlife in addition to long-term bushfire effects including loss of habitat, shortage of food and depletion of animal populations in the wild.
"Right now, our staff, qualified experts and volunteers are working around the clock to ensure that as many native animals as possible receive the ongoing care, supplementary food and recovery they need," Taylor said.
"This includes koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums, echidnas, birds, reptiles and more."
Over one billion animals are estimated to have been affected by Australia's bushfires, according to leading wildlife experts.
Figures are based on a 2007 report for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on the impacts of land clearing on Australian wildlife in NSW.
The country's surviving animals now face extreme food and water shortages plus a devastating lack of habitat.
WIRES has received public donations from numerous celebrities, including actress Margot Robbie, musician Flume and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.
10 daily has reached out to WIRES for further comment.