BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — A group of Louisiana volunteers are stepping up to help with relief efforts in Australia as bushfires destroy natural habitats for millions of animals. The group is spearheaded by Barn Hill Preserve owner Gabe Ligon and will depart the states the week of Jan. 13.
About 800 million animals have died since September 2019 in New South Wales, according to University of Sydney professor Christopher Dickman. On a national level, it is estimated that more than one billion animals have been impacted.
At least 24 people Australians have also lost their lives and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed. Experts also said some of Australia’s smaller species may be completely wiped out by the time the fires are brought under control, according to The New York Times.
If you would like to help support the effort to care for wildlife affected by the brush fires through a GoFundMe organized by Barn Hill Preserve’s leaders, donate here. Money is needed for medical equipment, planting trees, providing water stations and more.