Helping wildlife affected by bushfire's can be the difference between life and death. Here's 5 ways you can help.
1. Make Water AvailableMake water available to wildlife that may visit your yard. Provide water at ground level and also higher up for birds if possible. Place stones at the inside edge of the container for smaller animals to escape if they fall in.
NB: If you find an injured animal do not give it food or water until you have sought advice, as it could delay treatment.
2. Provide Shelter If Possible
Even just putting your BBQ umbrella up could provide a bit of respite for displaced animals. Be sure to take extra care when entering sheds and outbuildings in case wildlife (including snakes) have sought shelter there.
3. Keep Pets IndoorsBy keeping pets indoors your yard will be a safer sanctuary for displaced wildlife.
4. Watch For Injured AnimalsIf you find an injured animal wrap it loosely in a towel to protect burned areas and place in a cardboard box in a quite, dark spot while you seek further advice from your local wildlife agency. Offer water only if advised or you are unable to seek advice immediately.
- donate funds
- donate your time
- donate food
- donate your excess first aid goods
- donate your excess towels and linens
- contact your wildlife rescue group and find out what they need:
- paper towels
- rubber gloves
- spray bottles
- washing powder
- help with doing laundry
- pick-up and drop-off of donated goods or wildlife
- lunch for volunteers
- help spreading the message of how to help
- cardboard boxes
- foster homes - please note: to work with wild animals directly special training and certification is usually needed