Australian Bushfire ReliefBurning since September, Australia is facing a crisis amongst its people and native wildlife, many of which are unique to the continent. An estimated 1 billion animals, comprised of hundreds of species, and 12 million acres of bush, have been lost to date.
As a growing international non-profit, Global Conservation Force (GCF) aims to help communities learn how to protect their natural wildlife. Our volunteers span the globe, including our Australia-based Field Medic Trainer for Anti-Poaching Units, Chris Laursen. Chris has given hundreds of hours to teach others the techniques of emergency field care and conservation and we aim to support him while he continues to help wildlife in the burned coastal regions of New South Wales.
The resource pressure has already started to increase as animals venture in from the burnt forest, hungry and thirsty. With no substantial rain forecast until the spring, Australia’s drought is a long way from being over. In order to preserve Australia’s unique biodiversity, GCF is supporting local Australian organizations dedicated to the rehabilitation and rescue of wildlife, as well as the restoration of lost habitat.Shale Hill Wildlife Project
This project, led by Chris Laursen, focuses on relief for the wildlife that survived the bushfires in coastal New South Wales near Batesman’s Bay. Shale Hill encompasses 100 acres along a ridge that faces the State Forest which has been badly burnt.
Shale Hill is home to a variety of wildlife and animal refugees from many of the species represented are expected. Marsupials found on Shale Hill include eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, bandicoots, sugar gliders, great gliders, and brushtail possums. echidnas and fruit bats are common mammals spotted in the area. There are also many species of reptiles, such as goannas and blue tongues, amphibians, birds and insects.
The primary activity carried out by the Shale Hill Wildlife Project is the construction and installation of feed stations (ground based and arboreal), water fountains, and food supply. Chris Laursen is also undergoing training by WIRES in order to operate a rehab and early release site at Shale Hill.