This week, world race car champion Lewis Hamilton visited WIRES Wildlife Rescue Organization—the largest animal rehabilitation and rescue nonprofit in Australia—to witness for himself the devastation caused by Australia’s wildfires. Hamilton met with staff and fed baby kangaroos while gaining perspective on how animals were affected by the climate-change driven crisis.

 
 
 
 
 
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Today, I had the incredible opportunity to visit NSW, Australia to see the admirable work @WIRESWildlifeRescue is doing to care, rehabilitate and preserve the country’s native wildlife following the recent, devastating fires. It was one of those days that really put things into perspective. Over one billion animals were impacted by the fires and it’s going to take years for Australia to recover, so it’s thanks to non-profits like WIRES, an organization I supported during the fires, that we have the resources to help preserve this beautiful country and its amazing wildlife. Thank you @WIRESWildlifeRescue for this opportunity, and for all that you do. 🙏🐨

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“Today, I had the incredible opportunity to visit New South Wales, Australia to see the admirable work WIRES Wildlife Rescue is doing to care, rehabilitate, and preserve the country’s native wildlife following the recent, devastating fires,” Hamilton captioned a video on Instagram taken during his visit. “It was one of those days that really put things into perspective. Over one billion animals were impacted by the fires and it’s going to take years for Australia to recover, so it’s thanks to nonprofits like WIRES, an organization I supported during the fires, that we have the resources to help preserve this beautiful country and its amazing wildlife.” Hamilton previously donated $500,000 to support WIRES efforts. Hamilton went vegan in 2017 and has since used his platform to advocate for animals, including by condemning the exploitation of marine animals for entertainment, shedding light on the horrors of the leather industry, asking fans to ditch bacon, and opening vegan restaurant Neat Burger in London.

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