Aussie Ark raises more than $150,000 from its Wildlife Bushfire Appeal

Much-needed funds to protect wildlife, habitat

AUSSIE Ark has made a significant financial contribution to a number of organisations as a result of its Aussie Wildlife Bushfire Appeal.

The group proudly donated $20,000 to WIRES, $10,000 to Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue and $5000 to both Port Stephens Koala Hospital and Koala Care Centre in wake of the catastrophic bushfires that continue to burn throughout NSW.

Additionally, $23,935 was each handed over to the Ellerston and Tomalla NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) brigades.

Aussie Ark launched the Aussie Wildlife Bushfire Appeal in November, as a response to the bushfire crisis.

Calling on the community for assistance, more than $150,000 was raised.

"The funds were promised to be split four ways - NSW RFS, local community, wildlife worst-affected, and protection of critical remnant habitat," Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner said.

"A further $30,000 has also been spent on firefighting vehicles and equipment to protect critical remnant habitat in the Barrington Top Wildlife Sanctuary.

"Australia boasts one of the highest rates of biodiversity in the world with about 90 per cent of our fauna found nowhere else on earth.

"Bushfires like this are devastating to our unique Aussie wildlife and habitats."

Mr Faulkner admitted Aussie Ark just "wanted to do everything we can to help".

"We felt an immense need to assist those doing all they could in the face of devastation," he said.

"So, we hope that these funds will help provide needed care to our unique wildlife.

"We're thankful to all those in the community as well as partners Global Wildlife Conservation, who donated to the Aussie Wildlife Bushfire Appeal.

"Aussie Ark is proud to assist local wildlife groups in their efforts to help rehabilitate and rewild native Australian wildlife."

It has been Australia's lost summer. Drought, hail, floods and, worst of all, bushfires have ravaged communities all over the nation. But the selfless actions of friends, family, neighbours, strangers, local groups and volunteer organisations have inspired us and strengthened the bonds of community. Please join us in saying thanks to the heroes of the home front by sharing your stories of gratitude. To salute a person or a group, please use the form below.