The bushfire crisis: how to help

by | Jan 6, 2020 | Wildlife rescue | 4 comments

The internet and social media is awash with hundreds of ways to held wildlife and humans in this bushfire crisis, this time of climate emergency. This post is a summary, while by no means exhaustive, hopefully it will help guide you. I will be adding to it!

I have written it with a Victorian focus, but have included national information where I can. I have avoided pictures of dead, dying or burnt animals – I can’t stand it!! I have not included how to help firefighters, but I do have a few links/ organisations for helping humans.

From Paula Peeters’ beautiful clothing for conservation line

If you would rather donate goods / items, or not online

Donate blood – Red Cross

Foodbank Australia VITAL food and water for Evacuees and homeless.

Donate to the Red Cross at any post office

If you can knit, crochet or sew: Make pouches and nests for orphaned marsupials and birds for the To learn about the Animal Rescue Craft Guild Click here

Donate $ to coordinating efforts for Wildlife

The Animal Rescue Collective is working across all fire-affected states and have a range of ways people can help a number of volunteer based rescue groups:

Similarly, in Victoria Warriors for Wildlife have teamed up with ARC Animal Rescue Collective and Victoria Wildlife & Animal Rescue Support to give aid to the people, shelters and animals affected by the fires in East Gippsland. They are calling for donations, but also for a huge number of veterinary items.

Warriors 4 Wildlife has a distribution centre at 62 Wedgewood Rd in Hallam, 3803. Huge thank you to Cindi and family at Statewide Scaffolds Pty Ltd. The centre will be our main drop off location from 10am-4.30pm everyday.

Other drop off locations: -20 Uren Rd Emerald 3782, -5 Hampton court, Beconsfield -4 Gibbs rd, Ferntree Gully -Ready 2 Go Car Care -Jam Factory car park, 500 Chapel St Yarra -35 Connors Flat Rd, Wandin North

You can also help by donating through their FB, website or into our bank account:
Warriors 4 Wildlife
BSB 633 000
ACC 156 476 087

W4W is a registered charity and is tax deductible

Sugar Gliders rescued by Warriors for Wildlife

The Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund is now live and accepting donations.

Your tax-deductible donation will go towards ensuring long-term care for bushfire impacted animals, including endangered species, such as supplementary feeding and habitat restoration in conjunction with Department of Environment, Land, Water and PlanningParks Victoria and associated recovery teams. To make a donation to Zoos Vic, head here:

Wildlife Victoria also have a bushfire appeal: click here

Donations for endangered species recovery

BirdLife Australia (whom I work for) is planning and coordinating a disaster response; we need to understand the impact on threatened birds and work with our partners to put emergency plans in place for now and the longer-term.

For Glossy Black-Cockatoos of Kangaroo Island: please help the KI Glossies by contributing to the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Rescue Fund, visit:…/kangaroo-island-conse…

Glossy Black-Cockatoo by Bob Walpole

Donations directly to wildlife shelters

Some people prefer to donate directly to individual shelters, such as Goongerah Wombat Orphanage:

GWO were luckily enough to have their property defended by a hero neighbour, however it is going to take a lot to rebuild. The surrounding buch has been burnt to the ground & there is no word on how any of the wildlife, or released wombats, have fared.
> Please donate directly to this GoFundMe campaign:
> Or directly to the shelter here:

Wallabia Wildlife Shelter
> Rena and Joe evacuated Goongerah on 28 December with three baby kangaroos, a baby wombat and a possum. They then had to evacuate again from Sarsfield the following day and Joe’s mums was heavily impacted by fire. They have lost their house and caravan in the fires that hit Goongerah on 30 December.
You can donate here to help support the animals in their care currently, & all the little animals that they will save in the future: BSB – 704191. Account number – 198514

East Gippsland Wildlife carers: “We are wildlife carers based in East Gippsland.
As wildlife carers there is NO financial support from the Government and we pay all costs associated with saving these beautiful Australian animals.These funds will be distributed amongst wildlife shelters and carers in East Gippsland on an as needs basis”. Click here

AND this fantastic list is great for Australia wide listing of Wildlife Shelters: click here

Flying foxes – they have been hit very hard not just by fires but by heat waves.

Fly by Night bat clinic

In Mallacoota: Friends of Bats and Habitats East Gippsland

To help Humans and communities

BlazeAid set up work camps to help rebuild infrastructure among other assistance  BlazeAid have camps already established in SA and are currently organising for NSW and Vic. Please consider donating to BlazeAid here

Fire affected First Nations Communities click here This is a fundraiser initiated and maintained byNeil Morris a Yorta Yorta , First Nations man. I am a community rights and empowerment advocate for my fellow First Nations peoples. In my work in this capacity, I  have developed this Fundraiser with direct consultation with and upon the request of Fire affected First Nations Communities across Eastern parts of so called Australia  such as Gippsland and the South Coast of NSW . Click here



    • Tanya Loos

      It’s my pleasure Lisa xx

      • John Robinson

        Hi Tanya

        The fire recovery webpages on the Victorian Landcare Gateway contain links to a wide range of practical fire recovery land management information for landowners on livestock, fencing, pastures, soils, weeds, native vegetation, riparian areas and erosion, wildlife, horticulture, assistance and support services available, and fire research and reports.

        The information in these links comes from a wide range of sources including Agriculture Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), VicEmergency, Country Fire Authority (CFA), local governments, Catchment Management Authorities, agencies, and several Landcare networks etc.

        These fire recovery resources webpages were first compiled by Victorian Landcare Program staff at the DEWLP after the Mickleham-Kilmore fire, north of Melbourne in February 2014.

        In January 2020 these webpages have been updated, revised and added to so that they provide useful and current land management information for landowners impacted by fire, including the 2019/20 fires in East Gippsland and North East Victoria.

        As additional fire recovery land management-related information becomes available it will be linked to one of these webpages. If any of the links aren’t working, or if there is other fire recovery land management-related information or webpages that could be included on these webpages please send the information to John Robinson via [email protected] Thank you.

        Kind regards

        John Robinson

        • Tanya Loos

          Thanks John! Apologies I missed this comment until now! cheers, Tanya


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