As the Australian bushfire crisis is receiving more and more international attention for all the right reasons, people and organizations from all over the world are teaming up to stop the devastating wildfires and help the casualties.
According to experts, a staggering one billion animals are now estimated dead, as a result of the ongoing crisis. Those who remained alive are at risk of death due to injuries and hunger.
To save the at-risk nature of Australia’s marsupial population, an ‘Operation Rock Wallaby’ was declared by the Wildlife Service and the NSW National Parks. In the framework of the operation, aircraft are sent to feed countless starving animals that fell victims to the wildfires.
Among the initiatives, the New South Wales government has been dropping thousands of kilograms of sweet potato and carrots from above to give the wildlife population a change of survival, mainly the small-eared rock-wallabies.
The charity Animals Australia has also been sending aircraft to aid injured wildlife in regional Victoria.
The parks service has been focusing the past week on supporting the wallaby colonies that have dramatically declined in the number of individuals. Over 2,200kg of vegetables for animals have been dropped by the parks service across the affected national parks and valleys.
Matt Kean, New South Wales Environment Minister, stated that while many animals managed to escape the fires, they’re now facing a food crisis, with limited natural food.
The wallabies have been facing many struggles even prior to the bushfires as the drought has challenged them to stay alive.
He continued to say that they are making efforts to check on the colonies with the help of cameras.
Charity groups have been relying on donations to lease planes and fill them with pellets and grain for food-drops. In some areas, smokey conditions made it difficult to transport food supplies. Happily, when the skies cleared, they managed to complete another drop.
Lyn White, Animals Australia Spokeswoman, stressed that they work around the clock in order to ensure that the survivors won’t face the life-threatening issue of starvation.
You can help this fight by donating to one of the charity organizations and save the lives of many.