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NSW Flood Disaster: Helping Wildlife Survive And Recover


Humane Society International (HSI) is
stepping in to provide urgent assistance to wildlife carers
after sustained rain and flooding across southern Queensland
and NSW. This disaster is taking a terrible toll on many
communities and is also having an impact on wildlife, with
carers facing an influx of injured animals and damage to
their facilities.

Floods can be as devastating for
wildlife as other disasters such as fires, and volunteer
wildlife carers can quickly become inundated with animals
needing help. HSI has made resources available to support
these wildlife carers and their animals in need with
emergency funding for equipment, medicines and food to give
the best care and chances of recovery possible.

have reached out to hundreds of wildlife carers to offer our
said Evan Quartermain, HSI’s Head
of Disaster Response
, “Wildlife carers are
absolutely crucial to the rescue and recovery of native
Australian animals at the best of times, and even more so
when they’re facing disasters such as these terrible floods.
With government assistance importantly being provided for
livestock and companion animals in distress, we can’t forget
that many wild animals are also suffering immensely due to
the flooding we have seen this week.”

dwelling animals like echidnas and wombats are at particular
risk as burrows and low-lying areas become flooded, while
platypus, turtles and other aquatic animals face severe
impacts from polluted runoff and the sheer volume of water
surging downstream. Birds are also under great threat as
wild weather knocks nests out of trees, and species such as
flying-foxes, which rely on nectar to feed, may face
starvation events as their food is washed away. These
animals, if rescued, inevitably find their way into the
hands of a volunteer wildlife carer for

“Volunteer wildlife carers are stretched
thin rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife following
disasters. HSI started an emergency donation fund this week
to help these selfless people manage the flood fallout and
our supporters immediately responded to lend a hand. We’re
here to make sure wildlife carers get the help they need in
these trying times, with emergency shelters for rescued
dingoes and water pumps to empty flooded wombat burrows
among support already provided,”
concluded Mr

To donate to wildlife victims of
the flooding in NSW and Queensland: Please call 1800 333 737
or visit HSI’s website.

To access wildlife carer
support: Please call 1800 333 737 or visit the Wildlife
Land Trust

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