Project 'Water for Wildlife': Here's how we're helping thirsty animals!

'Water for Wildlife' is delivering life-saving water to drought and bushfire-affected animals across Australia.
Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 4 February 2020

Conservative estimates suggest that more than 1 billion native animals have perished during Australia’s bushfire crisis. But even when the fires subside, the danger isn’t over — with prolonged drought and more frequent heatwaves taking a toll on already struggling wildlife.

…and this is where a whole lot of caring people and stacks of PVC pipe come in!

Animals Australia has joined forces with our friends at DoSomething in a new and exciting initiative that is literally putting water in the mouths of thirsty animals. Through the ‘Water for Wildlife’ program, we’re making and delivering water station kits to wildlife groups and participating councils around Australia.

The portable water stations can be easily set up in council parks (with permission!) or on private land, and will ensure a stable and reliable source of water for our unique and precious wildlife.

Help save more lives by getting water to thirsty animals

We’ve invited every council in Australia to be part of this life-saving initiative and the response so far has been overwhelming. Dozens of councils have put in orders for hundreds of water stations! Check out our honour roll below to see if your local council has signed up:

UPDATE March 2020: For now, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’ll be pausing production of new orders but plan on resuming this project again prior to the Australian spring, just as the warmer weather emerges. Please check in then for updates, including how to encourage your council to set up water stations for local wildlife (if they haven’t already!)

In the meantime, for those interested in a little Do-It-Yourself action, we’ve created a video guide so you can make your own water station at home in 5 easy steps!

Thank you

‘Water for Wildlife’ is an initiative of DoSomething and Animals Australia. Our thanks to Arid Recovery for creating the original device on which this simplified version has been based and to Darren Pizel for his design expertise. We are also grateful to Happy Happy Foods, JFC, and volunteers from Men’s Sheds for helping make this life-saving project possible.

Many thanks to the PPTEU and Master Plumbers Victoria who organised students from the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre to put together water feeders for ongoing bushfire relief on World Plumbing Day!