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Assistance for Australian Wildlife Affected by the Bushfires factsheet

As at 5 March 2020

Emergency Wildlife and Habitat Recovery

A $50 million package will fund two streams of work with scientists and communities to plan a longer-term restoration efforts.

  1. $25 million for emergency intervention to help affected animals, plants and ecological communities to survive.
  2. A further $25 million for immediate support to wildlife rescue organisations, our zoos, Natural Resource Management groups, Greening Australia and Conservation Volunteers Australia to carry out activities on the ground.

This will include:

  • up to $7 million for Natural Resource Management groups in bushfire affected areas to carry out emergency intervention such as fencing sensitive areas and to control pests and weeds.
  • up to $7.5 million to support practical wildlife rescue, protection and care.
  • up to $5 million for Greening Australia to increase supply of seed and native plants for revegetation.
  • up to $3 million for Taronga Zoo, Zoos South Australia and Zoos Victoria for treatment of injured wildlife and the establishment of insurance populations of at-risk species. This is in addition to the $3 million committed in late 2019 to support Queensland Koala Hospitals and the $3 million committed for koala habitat restoration in northern NSW and south-east Queensland.
  • up to $2.5 million for Conservation Volunteers Australia to mobilise volunteers through a national coordination point.

For more information go to www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/bushfire-recovery.

Panel of experts

The Threatened Species Commissioner, Dr Sally Box, will chair a panel of experts charged with advising the Australian Government on allocating the $25 million emergency intervention fund to priority actions.

Dr Box and the panel will:

  • advise the Minister for the Environment on critical interventions required to support the immediate survival of affected animals, plants and ecological communities and to control pests and weeds.
  • assess and map the scale of the impacts of the bushfires on our environment and prioritise recovery efforts, which will inform a strategy for building populations of native plants and animals back up again and ensuring their resilience into the future.

For more information go to www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/bushfire-recovery/expert-panel.

How you can help

If you come across injured or orphaned wildlife, follow the advice of registered wildlife carer organisations.

If it is safe to do so, wrap the injured animal loosely in 100% cotton fabric and place gently in a ventilated box and contact your nearest veterinarian or wildlife carer organisation.

Practical ways you can ease the stress on wildlife, regardless of whether you’re in a fire-affected area, includes leaving water dishes and buckets around your garden or property in shaded areas, and keeping domestic pets away from native animals.

State and territory contact details for injured wildlife are:

Australian Capital Territory

RSPCA ACT at www.rspca-act.org.au/contact-injured-wildlife on (02) 6287 8100 (business hours)

ACT Wildlife at www.actwildlife.net on 0432 300 033 (24 hours)

For injured kangaroos call 13 22 81

New South Wales

WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service) at www.wires.org.au on 1300 094 737

NSW Wildlife Council has a list of wildlife rescue groups in NSW

Northern Territory

Wildcare at wildcareinc.com.au or 08 89 886 121 or 0408 885 341

Ark Aid at thearkvet.com/wildlife-rescue

Northern Territory Government at nt.gov.au/environment/animals/report-injured-wildlife-or-rescue

Queensland

RSPCA Queensland at www.rspcaqld.org.au/what-we-do/care-for-animals/wildlife-hospital or on 1300 264 625

Wildcare Australia at wildcare.org.au or on 07 5527 2444

South Australia

RSPCA SA on 1300 477 722

Fauna Rescue at www.faunarescue.org.au or on 08 8289 0896

Tasmania

Wildlife Management Branch at dpipwe.tas.gov.au/wildlife-management or on 1300 827 727

Victoria

Wildlife Victoria at www.wildlifevictoria.org.au or on 03 8400 7300

Western Australia

Wildcare at www.wildcare.com.au or on (08) 9474 9055

Key contacts
National

Contact name Contact number
Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife 1800 898 626
Wildlife Rescue 1300 596 457

NSW

Contact name Contact number
Service NSW 13 77 88
WIRES Wildlife Rescue 1300 094 737

VIC

Contact name Contact number
Bushfire Recovery Victoria 1800 560 760
Wildlife Victoria (03) 8400 7300

SA

Contact name Contact number
SA recovery hotline 1800 302 787
RSPCA SA 1300 477 722
Fauna rescue (08) 8289 0896

WA

Contact name Contact number
Wildcare (08) 9474 9055

ACT

Contact name Contact number
RSPCA ACT (02) 6287 8100
ACT Wildlife 0432 300 033
Wildcare Queanbeyan (02) 6299 1966

QLD

Contact name Contact number
RSPCA QLD 1300 264 625
Wildcare Australia (07) 5527 2444

TAS

Contact name Contact number
Wildlife Management Branch 1300 827 727