With the devastating bushfires raging across the east coast of Australia, experts believe that some 2,000 CiNEs* may have died.
As a Ranger it is your responsibility to do what you can to protect the creatures of ANiMOZ and the communities living amongst them.
But how can you help?
Headquarters gives you three ideas for how to help below. But first, you must understand what’s causing the damage: 3 of the ANiMOZ Dangers have combined to create this deadly situation: Natural Disaster (Fire), Habitat Destruction and Climate Change!
The fires have been made worse for the animals by Habitat Destruction, as there are less safe havens available when their homes are under threat from a Natural Disaster. And making this all worse is Climate Change, which has led to extended Droughts (making everything drier) and hotter years that make the fires more dangerous.
Now that you know what’s making these fires even worse, what can you do – as an ANiMOZ Ranger – to help the creatures and people affected?
Firstly, you can support those already working in the area. Our pre-sale partners Aussie Ark are working with Global Wildlife Conservation to fund restoration and recovery projects for wildlife and communities. You can donate here (but if you’re a Junior Ranger, chat to older Rangers first).
Secondly, you can learn more about Climate Change and Habitat Destruction, and tell more people about why we need to change our impact on nature! As a Ranger who cares about the creatures of ANiMOZ, getting your friends involved with saving wildlife is one of the most important parts of your job. Habitat Destruction is where humans cut down forests, or build houses on scrubland, and stop wildlife from being able to live there. Climate Change is what is making the world hotter, and that is happening faster because humans are burning fossil fuels like coal and not planting enough trees!
Thirdly, you can plant trees! As a Ranger, you want to make sure that the creatures you care for have enough land to live on, and you also want to help limit Climate Change! So find out where you could plant trees near your home, and get people to help you!
Do you have more ideas for how we can all help with the bushfire emergency? Write a comment below to help share ways to make a difference.
*CiNE is the ANiMOZ name for the koala.