As a voice for wildlife, Zoos Victoria is devastated by the impact of the Australian bushfire crisis on precious species and their habitat and is determined to assist in all aspects, including through raising much-needed emergency funds. We need your help.
Zoos Victoria has set up a dedicated Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund for tax-deductible* donations.
*Donations over $2 are tax-deductible for Australian taxpayers. We are unable to provide advice to international donors regarding the tax-deductibility.
How your donation helps
Zoos Victoria veterinary staff are currently manning three wildlife triage centres across Victoria at Mallacoota, Bairnsdale and Corryong.
Across the national bushfire-affected areas, it is estimated that as many as two billion animals – including critically endangered species – have perished in the bushfires, with the full impact impossible to determine at this early stage.
Over the coming weeks, months and years we will be working on:
- Habitat restoration;
- Supplementary feeding for animals living in burnt areas;
- Building new spaces for patients brought to our hospitals for further treatment
- Extra vet training;
- And other essential work to fight for the wildlife that have survived these fires.
Right now, we urgently need more money to fund this work. Please donate to the Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund.
As a not-for-profit organisation, 100% of money raised will go towards helping bushfire-affected wildlife and will be distributed in consultation with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to ensure it is most effectively assisting injured wildlife and their habitat.
“This is a race against time. We need to get in as quickly as possible when it is safe. And we need to have everything as ready as possible for supplementary feeding – or for evacuation."
For insight into the work currently being done with your donations, please read this article from The Age - 'Heartbreak and help: Mission to rescue fires' furry victims'
Wildlife updates from the field
Alongside DELWP, Parks Victoria and volunteers, Zoos Victoria vets and keepers are at a number of triage centres across Victoria, tending to injured wildlife on the frontline.
A number of koalas have been brought back to Healesville Sanctuary for further veterinary treatment. While they have a long road ahead of them, we are hopeful that one day they can be released back to the wild.
Becoming a volunteer foster carer
Volunteer foster carers seeking a Victorian Government grant must have authorisation from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Please contact DELWP for more information about becoming a foster carer and the grant >>
How to help bushfire-affected wildlife
- Do not enter any unsafe bushfire zones. Your safety remains the number one priority
- Fire-affected wildlife who have lost their habitat will now be dispersing as they look for food, habitat and water. If you see one, please keep your dogs and cats inside, keep noise to a minimum, and watch them for some time. If they are not injured, leave them alone and let them find their way. If they are injured, take them to your local vet hospital.
- Please take any wildlife needing urgent medical assistance to your nearest vet
- Please put water out for wildlife at all levels of the bush: in trees and on the ground
- We do not encourage you to put food out for wildlife as it can cause damage to the animals eating it. If you are in an area that still has vegetation, it is unnecessary to put food out. If you are in an area where the vegetation has been destroyed, please only put out Macropod Pellets
- Please keep pet cats and dogs inside to protect wild animals. Heat-stressed wildlife are often weak and more susceptible to bites from dogs and cats
Emergency wildlife assistance
As always, the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary is available for anyone requiring specialist veterinary care for injured or unwell wildlife.
Phone: (03) 5957 2829
Animal drop-off: 9am to 4pm
Glen Eadie Avenue
Healesville, Vic. 3777
There are also a number of organisations to contact, no matter the time of day or your location, that can help provide emergency help for wildlife.
See the fact sheet from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for advice on helping heat impacted wildlife.