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Read about WIRES native animal rescue and care stories and updates on WIRES work with wildlife.

Read the latest updates on our emergency and bushfire projects here.

Emergency Relief Grants Overview

Wednesday, July 01, 2020
The first week of January 2020 was one of the worst in our history, as the ongoing tragic toll of the fires that had raged for months become clear, with millions of hectares of wildlife habitat and many animals lost.

Deeply moved by the destruction, the global community donated generously to support immediate rescue and care requirements and the long-term recovery work required to help surviving species.

Thanks to their generosity, on January 10th WIRES was able to confirm that we could provide national support for wildlife. By January 22nd WIRES had confirmed 3 million in funding for immediate rescue and care requirements, 1 million to support WIRES 28 branches and 3000 volunteers within NSW the worst impacted state and 2 million for national rescue organisations, licensed carers and vets. This was later increased to over 4 million.

At the same time WIRES began working on a wide range of partnerships and programs focused on long-term recovery.

WIRES Wildlife Relief Grants Program for national rescue organisations and licensed carers opened in January. The relief grants were targeted to provide critical emergency support to volunteers assisting wildlife impacted by the fires and drought, as well as the veterinary sector, both of whom were working tirelessly to manage native animals currently requiring immediate and ongoing care. read more

Supporting Emergency Vet Care

Friday, April 17, 2020
The emergency events over the last spring and summer were some of the worst ever experienced. Many vets were inundated with animals needing emergency care including the Avian, Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital in Camden (AREPH).  read more

WIRES and ARC Helping Wildlife

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

WIRES have been working closely with ARC, the Animal Rescue Cooperative, during and in the aftermath of the bushfires that devastated Australia during spring and summer. read more

WIRES and Landcare Join Forces

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

WIRES and Landcare Australia are delighted to announce a landmark $1 million partnership supporting the recovery of wildlife habitats impacted by bushfire and drought across Australia. read more

COVID-19 Wildlife Rescue Advice

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Updated 28th March  read more

Water Stations for Wildlife

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Due to the tragic fires and drought surviving wildlife in the wild have been facing significant challenges. Additional access to water was a major priority and early January WIRES was able to support work being conducted by Greater Sydney Local Land Services. read more

WIRES Emergency Wildlife Relief and Recovery Plans

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

In the aftermath of Australia’s devastating bushfires and drought, WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue and Education Service Inc) has received unprecedented global support from individuals and organisations donating to WIRES Emergency Fund to help Australian native wildlife. read more

The Ripper Alliance Partnership

Thursday, February 27, 2020

WIRES has partnered with The Ripper Alliance investing $150,000, with the generous support of Westpac, in a six-month trial to test the use of drone technology to assist in the provision of fast rescue assistance for wildlife impacted by major emergencies. It is anticipated that the use of drones will complement on the ground efforts to identify surviving wildlife in bushfire affected areas. read more

FAQs Bushfire Funding

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The level of compassion for the plight of wildlife and the outpouring of support for our rescue and care work with wildlife has been unprecedented. Please find below the answers to some common questions being received. read more

WIRES announce 3 Million Dollars for Emergency Wildlife Rescue and Care

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) has launched two national emergency relief grants programs to support volunteers assisting wildlife as well as the veterinary sector, both of which are working tirelessly to manage native animals currently requiring immediate and ongoing care.
WIRES has established a national $1 million emergency ‘WIRES Wildlife Relief Fund*’ for frontline wildlife rescue and volunteer groups. The fund will provide immediate assistance to cover the costs associated with the rescue and care of animals affected by fire, drought and extreme weather conditions.  read more


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