We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has sent us messages of support and for all the kind words we have received over the past month in regard to the Kangaroo Island bushfires. So many generous messages have flooded in from around the world and we are very grateful for your thoughts.
Our hearts go out to the entire Kangaroo Island community, our wildlife, our native bushland and our staff who have been impacted by these bushfires.
How can you help?
There are a number of ways you can help our community but our biggest wish is that you visit our beautiful region to experience the island for yourself and help to #BookUsOut. We have seen a strong decline in tourism numbers following the fires we'd like you to know we are OPEN FOR BUSINESS and there are so many incredible places to see and wildlife to experience.
The vegetation on Kangaroo Island is currently going through a regeneration process and it's really incredible to see. You can see a few of the images for yourself on our Facebook Page. Our Guides are experts in the Australian bush and we'd love to show you how the flora and fauna is recovering and how some species of vegetation even need fire to reproduce.
Kangaroo Island Bushfire Appeal Fund - Organised by our Tour Guide Nikki Redman
This has been set up to make it easier for people to donate from all over the world. Thank you all for the wonderful support your giving our community. Funds will go to the Kangaroo Island Mayors Bushfire Appeal Fund (below). Donate here.
The Kangaroo Island Mayors Bushfire Appeal Fund
The money raised through the Kangaroo Island Mayors Bushfire appeal will go directly into the hands of islanders that need it most. This will help those directly impacted by the devastation caused by the fires and will help them face each new day with financial assistance to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses. International swift code: SGBLAU25 Find out more.
Hanson Bay Wildlife and Koala Sanctuary
Kangaroo Island's beloved Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was sadly decimated by the bushfires. The 5,000 acre property was home to thousands of native species including the incredible population of koalas that were free to roam wild on the property. Their home, habitat and all their infrastructure has gone so their Go Fund Me page has been set up to help rebuild and regenerate the land so when the koalas that are being cared for at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park (see below) are ready to be released into the wild, they have a home to return to. Donate here.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park Fund
The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park fund has been set up to care for the significant number of koalas and other native species that have been injured in the Kangaroo Island fires. The park has been treating new koalas as they come in each day with pain relief, antibiotics as well as building new infrastructure to provide a new home for the wild animals as they are rehabilitated before they can be released back into the wild. Donate here.
The CFS Foundation
The Country Fire Service is made up of volunteer firefighters who risk their lives and serve tirelessly to protect our homes, towns, environment, animals and businesses. Many of them have lost their own homes and leave loved ones behind to protect our community, so digging deep to our volunteer firefighters is how best we can say thank you. Donate here.
Donate your time by volunteering
Blaze Aid is a non-profit, volunteer run organisation that works with people in rural Australia after natural disasters like fires and floods. In the case of Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills, they are setting up relief centres for farmers and affected families who register to receive the help of volunteers. If you are fit, willing and able to assist, you can register your time and service. Find out more.
Volunteering SA/NT will manage volunteer relief efforts on Kangaroo Island in conjunction with Junction in Kingscote. Register your interest here.
Where to get the most up to date information?
If travelling to Kangaroo Island, we encourage you to check conditions and to follow the latest updates from the Country Fire Service (CFS). Find updates on the CFS website.
Thank you for your incredible generosity. It’s felt here on Kangaroo Island and we look forward to welcoming you with open arms when you visit.