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You can help animals affected by Australian wildfires

More than 8,000 koalas have been killed by the fires. Photo by Jill Gralow/REUTERS

As you have seen on the news, Australia has been coping with the worst wildfires the continent has experienced in decades. These lethal fires are only likely to get even more dangerous this month and next. More than 8,000 koalas have been killed, wiping out 30 percent of the koala population in New South Wales. Thousands of birds have been killed by the intensity of heat stress and smoke.

Want to help? Here are a few places to donate:

* WIRES, a wildlife rescue nonprofit that is rescuing and caring for thousands of sick, injured and orphaned native animals. Click here:

* World Wildlife Fund Australia, which is directing its efforts towards koala conservation. Click here:

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, which has rescued and treated dozens of koalas suffering from severe burns. The hospital is using donations to install automatic drinking stations in burnt areas to help wildlife searching for water and to establish a wild koala breeding program to ensure the survival of the species. Click here:

RSPCA New South Wales, which is helping evacuate, rescue and treat pets and wildlife in threatened areas. Click here:


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