"These fires have been unprecedented , truly catastrophic. I don’t think we’ve seen anything on this scale of intensity and frequency. And the earliness of the fires - this is the start of the bushfire season, it came in September, we dread what’s to come.” Josey Sharrad, Wildlife Campaigner, September 2019.
We’ve been on-the-ground since September working with local partners to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife impacted by the bushfires. We’re providing emergency koala enclosures, rescue vehicle, fire gear, and veterinary supplies.
As the fires escalate, so has our disaster response. Thanks to your support, we’ve deployed more teams to increase efforts on the ground. See more below, including Bear the detection dog and a look at our history working in Australia.
Meet Bear, IFAW's koala detection dog
Bear is one of the few detection dogs who can locate live koalas through the scent of their fur. Trained by the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Detection Dogs for Conservation team, Bear has been deployed to some of the hardest hit areas in New South Wales and south east Queensland to support search and rescue efforts.
In the midst of tragedy, Bear offers us hope and helps our team get to koalas in urgent need of rescue and medical care.
A history of IFAW's work in Australia battling bushfires
For over thirty years, IFAW has been supporting local partners in Australia as they battle annual bushfires and heatwaves. We’ve supplied emergency grants, medication, experts on the ground, and equipment to help rescue thousands of animals like koalas, wallabies, possums and flying foxes. Like all natural disasters around the world, Australia's bushfires are increasing in intensity and frequency. IFAW is dedicated to finding solutions, working with partners, and protecting Australia’s iconic wildlife and habitat.