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In Dec 2019/Jan 2020 Australia experienced what has become known as the black summer with the devastating bush fires across the country. During these terrible bushfires, it is estimated one billion animals were killed, with 800 million in NSW.
In remembrance of this devastating time, we have released our Australian Animal Run Series for January 2021.
We want to invite you to run one of our distances this Australia Day 26th January 2021. Of course, you are welcome to run the distance, (or distances if you want to sign up to different ones) on any day during January if Australia Day doesn’t suit you.
This race series will support two important Australian Wildlife organisations, Aussie Ark and WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc). Particularly it will support the conservation work of Aussie Ark, and the ongoing rescue work of WIRES.
Where the money will go:
The Kiddie Koala (Aussie Ark Koala Ark project)
The Wombat Waddle 5km (WIRES)
The Tasmanian Devil 10km (Aussie Ark Devil Ark project)
The Kangaroo Hop Half Marathon (WIRES)
More about Aussie Ark:
Aussie Ark was established in 2011 as ‘Devil Ark’, with a focus on saving the iconic Tasmanian devil from extinction. Since then and due to overwhelming success, the role of the organisation has expanded, and now has vision of creating a long-term future for our threatened Australian species. Aussie Ark will secure wild sanctuaries to conserve our native wildlife, free from unnatural predation. Aussie Ark is an adaptive, innovative, private organisation, committed to changing the trajectory declining species. Aussie Ark is an incorporated association, registered environmental organisation and charitable institution under the Australian Charity and Not-for-profit Commission.
More about WIRES:
WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years and is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia. WIRES currently has 3,000 volunteers in 28 NSW branches involved in the rescue and care of wildlife and we have a dedicated Rescue Office that operates 365 days a year assisting the community to help native animals in distress.
WIRES is passionate about supporting smaller volunteer organisations in the wildlife sector with the same mission, as well as Universities, Veterinary Associations and other leading scientific and environmental groups. In the last 5 years WIRES has been working with organisations including: WWF, National Parks Association, Humane Society International, The Wilderness Society, Nature Conservation Council, Birdlife, RSPCA, Animal Welfare League and IFAW and we thank these organisations for their significant ongoing contribution to the wildlife rehabilitation sector.
Currently WIRES presence is primarily in NSW where we responding to more than 90,000 rescues each year, we also receive around 170,000 calls to our 1300 WIRES line annually, including thousands of interstate calls. WIRES also plays a major role in community wildlife education with traditionally hundreds of thousands of unique visitors to our website annually which increased to over 1 million unique visitors in just the first week of January 2020.
In response to the tragic toll of the catastrophic fires and drought on wildlife, WIRES is actively pursuing significant opportunities to help wildlife more broadly across Australia, including partnering on projects to improve long-term outcomes for native animals.