(HELP ANIMALS) Severe wildfires burning across Australia for months now have taken a tragic toll on it’s iconic habitats that make the continent an ecological wonder.

With nearly 18 million acres burned, experts estimate upwards of 1.25 billion animals–many of them unique to Australia–have been killed since the fires started in September.

A number of animal rescue groups and volunteers are working overtime to help farm animals, pets, and wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and more, who are so desperately in need of rescue and treatment.

Adelaide wildlife rescuer Simon Adamczyk is seen with a koala rescued at a burning forest near Cape Borda on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia. Photo Credit: David Mariuz / AAP Image via Reuters

Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue initiatives worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between several vetted Australian rescue organizations, including Adelaide Koala Rescue and WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services). 

Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. Your compassion in action and support of Global Animal Foundation can help save the lives of animals in crisis.

VIDEO: A group of baby koalas rescued from the Adelaide Hills fire zone area are now being cared for by Adelaide Koala Rescue team members.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Captain Dave Soldavini holds a baby kangaroo rescued from a wildfire in Cobrunga, Australia. Photo Credit: Jeremy McMahon / United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service via AP
A horse is seen through dense smoke from a bushfire on a farm in Eden, in Australia’s New South Wales. Photo Credit: Saeed Khan / AFP via Getty Images
Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) volunteer and carer Tracy Dodd holds a kangaroo with burnt feet pads after being rescued from bushfires in Australia’s Blue Mountains area. Photo Credit: Jill Gralow / Reuters
A koala receives treatment from a vet at Adelaide Koala Rescue. Photo Credit: Mark Brake / Getty Images
Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews engage in property protection of a number of homes along the Old Hume Highway near the town of Tahmoor as the Green Wattle Creek Fire threatens a number of communities in the southwest of Sydney, Australia. Photo Credit: Dean Lewins / AAP Image via Reuters
A kangaroo is seen in bushland surrounded by smoke haze early morning in Canberra, Australia. Photo Credit: Lukas Coch / AAP Image via Reuters
Wildlife rescuer Susan Pulis feeds kangaroos in a bedroom transformed into a temporary shelter on Raymond Island in Australia. Photo Credit: Christina Simons / The New York Times
A kangaroo is seen at the Flinders Chase National Park in a bushfire-affected area on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia. Photo Credit: David Mariuz / AAP Image via Reuters