Many of you would know that 10% of our sales at The Karma Collective are donated to help animals in need.
Currently we are supporting World Animal Protection to help native Aussie animals in need. Hunter Wildlife Rescue are one of the exceptional organisations that have been supported by World Animal Protection so we wanted to share some of the work they have done to help native Aussie animals. They are a volunteer run not-for-profit organisation who rescue, rehabilitate and release native animals in the Hunter Region.
The past year has been particularly tough for Hunter Wildlife Rescue as Australia experienced the worst single event for wildlife. Bushfires swept across our country, with millions of acres of land destroyed. According to a study funded by WWF Australia, over 3 billion animals were killed or displaced. The team at Hunter Wildlife Rescue have worked tirelessly to help animals who have been injured or displaced by the fires in order to give them a second chance at life. Below is just one rescue story, and we will continue to share more over the coming months.
On a 45-degree day in December 2019, a member of the public reported seeing a flying fox fall to the ground at Blackalls Park, Lake Macquarie. When Hunter Valley Rescue volunteers arrived, there were hundreds dropping to the ground. The team began spraying water over the area and searching for live animals but even with first aid stations set up for cooling and re-hydrating, over 235 adult flying foxes and 189 babies perished. They were however able to rescue and bring 84 babies into their care.
Volunteers worked into the night and returned the following day, rescuing another 20 babies. There were another two heat stress events over December 2019 and January 2020 and the colony that started with 5000 flying foxes in early December was left with only 145. While heartbreaking, the situation would have been much worse without the dedicated volunteers at Hunter Valley Wildlife Rescue.