January 7, 2020
Our charity for January
Catastrophic fires, the worst drought in history and record high temperatures are taking a tragic toll on native wildlife.
WIRES volunteers rescue, care for and release injured, sick and orphaned native Australian wildlife. Our support helps WIRES to rescue and care for more animals in distress, provide wildlife information and education to the community and to train and support more volunteer rescuers and carers.
In WIRES history they have never seen a concurrent series of emergencies events like those that began in November 2019. Hundreds of fires over weeks have burnt over 4.9 million hectares of land in NSW alone. Many animals were already struggling with a lack of water and food due to the drought. With the fires destroying unprecedented amounts of habitat, food shortages have increased and lack of suitable habitat will be a significant long-term challenge for surviving wildlife.
It is impossible to know how many animals have perished and it will be many months before the impact on wild populations can be better understood. Ecologists at Sydney University have estimated over 800 million animals, have been affected in Australia since September 2019.
Give Back Bingo donates a % of its revenue to a charity each month and we're supporting WIRES as our charity this January, at no cost to our players. We hope to make a difference to this very worthy cause in their time of need.