Over one billion animals have died in record-breaking Australian bushfires—donate now to help people, pets, and wildlife.
Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fueled a series of massive bushfires across Australia, putting people, pets, and millions of unique wildlife species in grave danger. Officials estimate that over one billion animals have perished in the fires in New South Wales alone. The continent is home to 244 species, including the koala, that can’t be found anywhere else. 30% of the koala’s habitat has been burned, and a third of all koalas are estimated to have died—some scientists are worried the species is in danger of extinction.
Dozens of human lives have been lost and thousands have had to evacuate their homes. Entire towns have been largely destroyed and officials warn that strong winds and thunderstorms may exacerbate the situation. Evacuated people and their pets are living on beaches and on Navy ships.
More than 6.3 million hectares of land have been burned, nearly six times as that destroyed during last year’s devastating Amazon fires. The fires are so prominent that they can now be seen from space and smoke has reached neighboring countries like New Zealand.
Recovery from these devastating fires will be long and extensive. Efforts at bringing the Australian bush back to life must include replanting trees and other flora, and working to restore the habitats of Australia's wildlife.
You can help—GreaterGood.org is working with responding partners to fund meals for displaced people, temporary shelter, and medical care for pets and wildlife affected. 100% of your emergency donations will go to support response and recovery from this tragedy.
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