Humane Society International’s first disaster deployment in Australia was a confronting experience none of us will forget. Reflecting on it and understanding that due to climate change extreme weather events are only going to become more severe and frequent, we knew we had to do more to protect wildlife in the face of future disasters.

Safeguarding Australia's Wildlife analyses wildlife rescue and care efforts during the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires and gives 12 clear recommendations that provide a disaster response roadmap for all stakeholders united in their commitment to wildlife.

The findings are guiding the development our growing disaster response program, and with no shortage of work to do we’re already acting on the recommendations by training staff in wildlife rescue and investing in emergency field stations, satellite phones and thermal drones to deploy in disasters.

Learn more about what the Black Summer wildlife rescue response looked like around the country and how HSI is working to improve the plight of our wildlife by downloading your copy of Safeguarding Australia's Wildlife today.

Evan Quartermain
HSI Australia Disaster Response Lead