DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Zoo has pledged to donate $5,000 to help wildlife rescue efforts in Australia. Across the continent, deadly bushfires have killed at least 25 people as well as an estimated one billion animals.

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The Denver Zoo is making an immediate contribution of $5,000 and is matching up to $5,000 in additional donations through its Field Conservation Fund.

Deadly bushfires in Australia have destroyed millions of acres of land and several thousand homes.

Deadly bushfires in Australia have destroyed millions of acres of land and several thousand homes. (credit: Glen Morey)

The donation will help provide care, food and water to injured animals through Zoos Victoria.

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Zoo officials say they are closely monitoring the bushfires in Australia and will evaluate other ways to help in the near future, including potential direct staff involvement. You can join the Zoo in supporting their efforts by making a donation through its Field Conservation Fund, which will be matched up to $5,000 and sent directly to Zoos Victoria.

How to help

• Donate to WIRES, a wildlife rescue nonprofit that is rescuing and caring for thousands of sick, injured and orphaned native animals.
• Donate to the World Wildlife Fund Australia, which is directing its efforts towards koala conservation.
• Donate to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital’s GoFundMe, 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.
• Donate to the RSPCA New South Wales, which is helping evacuate, rescue and treat pets and wildlife in threatened areas.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Colorado Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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