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Our way of helping bushfire victims like Harriett
Australia is recovering from a nationwide bushfire emergency. More than 12 million hectares of Australian land has been burnt. Upon witnessing these tragic events, we have been very mindful and sympathetic to all Australians who have been impacted by this terrifying disaster. In particular, those who have lost loved ones, their homes and businesses.
As devastating as this has been for many Australian families, we have also spared a thought for our surviving wildlife who have not only lost their habitats but have been injured with severe burns and other life-threatening ailments caused by the bushfires. When habitat is lost, our wildlife suffers. It's estimated over 1.25 billion animals may have been killed directly or indirectly from the fires, including thousands of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birds and other iconic wildlife. Further it’s estimated that as many as 8,400 koalas have perished in fires on the mid-north coast of New South Wales and South Australia’s Kangaroo Island has lost over 50% of their koala population. This is a
devastating blow for the species, which is already in decline, and these bushfires have the potential to hasten koalas’ slide towards extinction in eastern Australia.
To assist and offer a voice to our iconic and world-renowned koalas, we have decided to adopted our own through WWF-Australia. Her name is ‘Harriett’ and we will be assisting with her recovery and ultimate release back into the wild.