Current Status: Rehabilitation

Thousands of animals have been seriously affected by the recent Victorian bushfires. Those that survived are either badly injured and/or lost their home and food source.

During the months to come targetted food drops are required to ensure that those who survived the bushfires don't die because of a lack of food. You can help our carers with your donation and ensure supplies don't run out. Check out information on this website and read how you can make a difference.

The Wildlife Bushfire Appeal will be closed on the 31st of August 2009. Since the start in February 2009 we have received support from many people, companies and organisations who all worked together to contribute their bit and made a difference.

Having said that, although the Wildlife Bushfire Appeal will be closed, the activities will continue. So stay tuned.


Food Accounts - Wildlife Victoria has setup facilities in 23 different locations in Victoria where food for wildlife can be sourced. For example: Alexandra, Daylesford, Healesville, Kilmore, Kyneton, Mirboo North, Monbulk, Myrtleford, Orbost, Pakenham, Seymour, South Morang, St Andrews, Taggerty, Traralgon, Yarra Glen and Yarram.

Click here for an updated map.

If you require access to these accounts (and have your name not yet registered) or feel the need for an additional account in your area please don't hesitate to contact Adriana Simmonds - Wildlife Victoria Food Drop Coordinator. Feeding guidelines can be downloaded here.

For any general questions feel free to contact us.

The Wildlife Bushfire Appeal activities are proudly supported by Help for Wildlife, Wildlife Victoria, Healesville Sanctuary and many others.



For the an overview of the previously published news items regarding the Wildlife Bushfire Appeal please click here.

17 August 2009 - Een nieuwe test

20 April 2009 - First news item


12 August 2009 - Sue Kirwan (Diamond Creek Wildlife Shelter) has organised a pickup of a pallet load of medical supplies donated by The Alfred). Sue has suggested to make pre-fire season kits. As soon as supplies are ready to go they will be offered in the Offers section of the registry.

10 August 2009 - We're in the process of forming a 'virtual nestbox design and production factory'. There are quite a number of people making nestboxes already, which means that there are at least an equal number of designs available. On the other end there are constant requests for nestboxes and people who are willing and capable of placing them. Our objective is to bring these intiatives together via The Nestbox Factory on this website.

6 August 2009 - This afternoon we heard the sad news that Sam the Koala died while having surgery. The photo on the right was taken yesterday evening before her surgery.

"Dr John Butler of the Morwell Vet Clinic operated on Sam shortly after 1pm today and discovered that Sam had severe changes in her urinary and reproductive tract that was non-operable and unfortunately had to put Sam to sleep," the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter said in a statement.

Obviously Sam was one of the many of our wildlife friends who didn't make it during or shortly after the recent Victorian bushfires, but in the hearts of many people she represented something which is or for some has become very precious - our sense of belonging and connection with our wildlife. Let's hope that feelings like these grow from events like this. See also condolence register.

22 July 2009 - Click here to download information on a forum coming up on 22 July to explore issues around caring for wildlife after the bushfires. It is aimed at private property owners affected by bushfires and people involved in wildlife care, important information for many of us in fire affected areas.

15 July 2009 - Rod Lyon (Nationwide Towing & Transport) delivered the first ten concrete pipes (donated by Rocla in Campbellfield) to the Plenty Gorge - and Chum Creek Wildlife Shelters.

9 July 2009 - New wildlife shelter map is added in the organisation page, allowing you to check the exact location of the wildlife shelters in Victoria including contact details. Over time more shelters will be added.

4 July 2009 - Many were present on this very well organised evening commemorating the effort and dedication shown by our wildlife carers and - volunteers during the recent devastating bushfire season. It was an evening of reflections and exchanging experiences. Many thanks to Wildlife Victoria for organising.


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Bunnik Tours
Bunnings Warehouse, Eltham
Caulfield Hospital
Consultas Pty Ltd
Elecom Software Pvt Ltd
Honeywell Aerospace Australia
Idreams BV
Nationwide Towing & Transport
Netherlands Chamber of Commerce
Rochford Wines
Rocla Pty Ltd
Rotary Club of Healesville
SBS Radio
SNAP Printing Charter St, Ringwood, Victoria
SNAP Printing Flinders St, Adelaide, South Australia
The Alfred
Wild About Fruit

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Check out the REGISTRY to find out about the current OFFERS and general NEEDS. To see the specific needs of the Wildlife Shelters visit their page via the ORGANISATION section.


All direct credit card donations to the care of bushfire affected wildlife directly made via this website are coordinated by Help for Wildlife. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductable for Australian residents and receipts will be issued by the Wildlife Advocate.

Information for donations to and/or other organisations on this website can be found on their specific pages via organisations.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any specific questions, needs (if you are a wildlife carer) or require any other information.

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. - Chief Seattle, 1855
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