Meanwhile... in Australia

Meanwhile... these men and women are volunteering to save Australian animals after the bushfires.

The significance of volunteers

The fashion house Germaine Guérin has joined in the making of these pouch fabrics. When they are completed, they are then shipped to a Sydney shop that delivers them to various shelters. What inspired the fashion house to start it all, quite simply, was a picture with flames and small animals. Realizing that one million animals were said to have died in the fires and injured animals were left behind, especially little joeys and young marsupials, was unbearable to think about. In one day, 200 volunteers joined in to help. They made more than 2,000 pouches and blankets for baby flying foxes, a bat species that was decimated by the fires. The catastrophe that is pushing Australia to the edge is so terrible because without its fauna and its flora it would no longer be an inhabitable continent. In order to prevent flooding customs in Australia prevent packages from being delivered, smaller packages are being sent. As long as there is a demand down in Australia, Germaine Guérin pledged to continue shipping them out.

Animals helping animals

Taylor is a 4 year-old female dog, and her mission is to save koalas. Ryan, her caretaker, is a professional trainer and he’s trained Taylor to sniff out wounded koalas. Dogs like Taylor, have proven very helpful to rescue teams and volunteers looking for animals in danger. They are used to search for many other animals and are able to distinguish between species.

John Creighton is the founder of Wombat Care Bundanoon

He is 58 and with several volunteers, he runs the wombat rescue operations in his native southeastern Australia. He is bringing them food in areas that have burned to the ground and would otherwise have no resources for the animals to live off of. Along with koalas, wombats are amongst Australia’s most popular critters. They live in large burrows with several entrances that are very well protected from the surface, which allows them to keep safe from fires except when they come out to feed. Wombats have allowed many animals, such as wallabies and echidnas, to find shelter from the fires in their burrows.