Support WWF's Response to Australia's Wildfires

by World Wildlife Fund - US
Support WWF's Response to Australia's Wildfires
Support WWF's Response to Australia's Wildfires
Support WWF's Response to Australia's Wildfires
Support WWF's Response to Australia's Wildfires
Support WWF's Response to Australia's Wildfires
Support WWF's Response to Australia's Wildfires
Support WWF's Response to Australia's Wildfires
Support WWF's Response to Australia's Wildfires

Project Report | May 4, 2020
Update on WWF's Response to Australia's Wildfires

By Cheron Carlson | Manager, Together at Work

Andrew Merry / Getty / WWF
Andrew Merry / Getty / WWF

Hello supporters,

I hope you are well, as I know that for many of you and your colleagues and families the coronavirus has been disruptive to both business and our daily lives. In these times it may be comforting to hear stories of people coming together in the face of crisis, so I wanted to share a quick update on WWF’s Australia response.  
As you all know, the Australia bushfires have claimed an estimated 1.25 billion animals and 29 million acres of land – an area the size of Virginia. We’ve all seen the images of homes and communities lost, koalas and kangaroos burned, and whole landscapes charred.

WWF has been working to conserve nature in Australia for the last 40 years, and WWF-US has been actively supporting our Australian colleagues in this moment of need. WWF has partnered with wildlife rescue and care organizations in bushfire zones and is directing funds to respond to the emergency at scale. This includes:

  • Urgent care: supporting specialist veterinarians who are providing care and medical treatment to injured wildlife across Australia.
  • Food and water: providing starving wildlife with food and water in bushfire impacted regions.
  • Finding koalas and other fire-affected wildlife: deploying koala detection dogs and drones to bushfire sites to search for surviving koalas and conducting rapid threatened species assessments in fire-affected areas.
  • Supplies and triage: getting veterinary supplies to bushfire triage sites.

We’re grateful to everyone who made this assistance possible.The devastation to our natural environment caused by the bushfires has been unprecedented and the recovery work ahead is immense. Over the coming months and years, funds will be used to:

  • Assess the loss: enable the ongoing assessment of the impacts on wildlife and their habitats.
  • Restore wildlife habitat: once the fire clears, restore what has been lost and protect remaining wildlife habitat from deforestation through our Towards Two Billion Trees plan. This restoration plan is critical: WWF’s 2018 Living Planet Report names Australia as one of 11 global deforestation hotspots, alongside Borneo, East Africa, the Congo Basin and the Amazon; Australia is the only developed country on the list.
  • Support Indigenous and rural fire management.

Looking forward, we also face the reality that fire seasons like these will no longer be unique. Indeed, the past year has seen wildfires rage across Brazil, California, and even Alaska. The effects of climate change mean that this is the new normal. And this reality brings tough choices for people, governments, and for companies.

At WWF, we’re grateful to be part of charting a more sustainable future for all. Thank you again for those of you that have supported - and are continuing to support - our efforts in Australia. Every donation we receive is critical to helping WWF respond to this emergency, not just today, but over the coming months and years as we work to recover and restore wildlife and nature.

Best regards,
Cheron Carlson

Shutterstock / Alizada Studios / WWF
Shutterstock / Alizada Studios / WWF


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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Cheron Carlson
Washington , DC United States

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