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WIRES and AWC

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

WIRES and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) have joined forces to help save threatened Australian wildlife in response to the tragic loss of wildlife and biodiversity resulting from the castastrophic fires over Black Summer.  AWC and WIRES are committed to securing the future of Australia’s wildlife. WIRES is contributing more than $1.6 million to AWC’s bushfire recovery projects and towards saving the endangered Northern Bettong and Kangaroo Island Dunnart from extinction. read more

WIRES uses bushfire donations to support University koala research

Saturday, July 11, 2020

WIRES has announced a three-year grant to the Koala Health Hub (KHH) a University of Sydney's School of Veterinary Science initiative to support koala care, management and research. The grant will sustain the KHH and allow it to respond to increasing need for koala care and management following recent bushfires and droughts. read more

Wallaroo rescued from suburban roof!

Thursday, July 02, 2020
Late on Sunday night a very unusual call was received from a suburban location in South Western Sydney. The caller told us there was a 'kangaroo' on her roof!  read more

Emergency Relief Grants Overview

Wednesday, July 01, 2020
The first week of January 2020 was one of the worst in our history, as the ongoing tragic toll of the fires that had raged for months become clear, with millions of hectares of wildlife habitat and many animals lost.

Deeply moved by the destruction, the global community donated generously to support immediate rescue and care requirements and the long-term recovery work required to help surviving species.

Thanks to their generosity, on January 10th WIRES was able to confirm that we could provide national support for wildlife. By January 22nd WIRES had confirmed 3 million in funding for immediate rescue and care requirements, 1 million to support WIRES 28 branches and 3000 volunteers within NSW the worst impacted state and 2 million for national rescue organisations, licensed carers and vets. This was later increased to over 4 million.

At the same time WIRES began working on a wide range of partnerships and programs focused on long-term recovery.

WIRES Wildlife Relief Grants Program for national rescue organisations and licensed carers opened in January. The relief grants were targeted to provide critical emergency support to volunteers assisting wildlife impacted by the fires and drought, as well as the veterinary sector, both of whom were working tirelessly to manage native animals currently requiring immediate and ongoing care. read more

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