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RESIDENTS are being urged to donate to their local wildlife rescue centres as "overwhelmed" volunteers treat hundreds of animals injured in the recent bushfires.

Sunshine Coast animal rescuers have described Peregian as a "wasteland of devastation" after seeing the crushing effects of the allegedly deliberately-lit bushfire.

While more mobile animals such as wallabies and kangaroos managed to escape the inferno, the charred remains of slow moving reptiles, echidnas and possums evidenced that others weren't so lucky.

This orphaned koala was saved from the Gold Coast hinterland bushfires. Photo: Supplied/The Rescue Collective
This orphaned koala was saved from the Gold Coast hinterland bushfires. Photo: Supplied/The Rescue Collective

Director of The Rescue Collective, Nicole Blums, said wildlife rescuers across southeast Queensland were struggling with resources to help the injured animals.

She said volunteers were in need of items like macropod pellets and reptile food, as well as fruit and meat.

But she said donations were more valuable to the rescuers, as they were being overwhelmed with requests to help.

"People should donate through their websites, that way the rescuers can get exactly what they need," she said.

Ms Blums said all animals injured in the Peregian bushfire were being taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at Eumundi.


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