Victoria Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
Supporting Our Bushfire Affected Wildlife
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government is providing immediate support for wildlife shelters and foster carers to help cover the costs of food, transport, medicine and enclosures as animals are rescued from bushfire affected areas.
Grants of up to $1,000 are now available to shelters and foster carers assisting with the care and rehabilitation of native wildlife impacted by the fires. This is in addition to $200,000 already made available to wildlife rehabilitators this financial year to support their operations.
“These fires are unprecedented and are having a devastating effect on our wildlife and biodiversity we’re working around the clock to save as many precious creatures as we can.” Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said.
“I’d like to thank all the wildlife rescuers and carers both volunteers and professionals for their tireless work in trying circumstances, together we are achieving a lot.”
This season’s bushfires are unprecedented in scale and sadly are having a devastating impact on our native wildlife and biodiversity.
Mobile Wildlife Triage Units are now in place at Bairnsdale, Mallacoota and Corryong along with Wildlife Assessment Teams working on fire grounds based out of Bairnsdale, Orbost and the Budj Bim fire complex.
As we get a clearer understanding of the numbers and location of bushfire impacted wildlife across the state, additional wildlife teams and triage units will be deployed to where they are needed most.
Andrews Government’s forest and wildlife officers are working with experts from the Australian Veterinary Association, Zoos Victoria, the RSPCA, the University of Melbourne Veterinary School, Phillip Island Nature Parks, and Wildlife Victoria, along with on-the-ground assessment teams to support a coordinated state-wide response.
There are more than 1,200 vertebrate animals and 5,000 plant species native to Victoria some of these are found only in areas affected by the bushfires.