This piece is written by Robert Elliot.“The latest report today estimates that tens of millions, if not 100 million, animals and birds have been killed directly or will die in coming months due to displacement and loss of habitat. Exacerbating this situation is that many of the larger wildlife refuges were destroyed in the fires. Many species have been driven perilously close to extinction including the State Bird of Victoria, the Helmeted Yellow-tufted Honeyeater that I have only ever seen on 1 occasion in the wild. This bird was already classified as endangered.
I’m not asking or requesting that any one gives money, I suspect that most of us don’t have any more to give. I am however requesting your help as the wildlife appeals are struggling.
I’m asking that you consider
. donating a piece of your work to the Wildlife Appeal If you need help in doing this than just bubblemail the appeal
. pledging the proceeds from an individual work to the wildlife appeal and adding that work to the Wildlife Appeal Group.
I guess everyone in the world considers their nationality and country special. I’m no different. I think Australians and Australia are special. I also believe we Australians are what we are because of our country:
. the 35000 kilometers of coastline with our unsurpassed coral reefs and beaches,
. the majestic forests and woodlands comprising 10’s of thousands of species,
. the majestic red sand deserts,
. the haunting ghost gums,
. and last, but not least, our unique animals and bush birds that are found no where else on earth.
The wildlife that gives us so much peace, joy, pleasure, photographic oportunities and national pride is in desperate need of help.”