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How to help wildlife threatened by the oil spill

A massive oil slick caused by the BP oil drilling platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the U.S. Gulf Coast. Efforts are already underway to protect sensitive ecological areas.

Many organizations are preparing to mobilize along the coast from Louisiana to Florida to help rescue animals and wildlife. The oil poses a serious threat to fishermen's livelihoods, marine habitats, beaches, wildlife, and human health.

Although BP has publicly stated the company will pay for all damages from the oil spill, many organizations still rely on donations to protect wildlife from this type of impact. For example, Greenpeace stated that it has opened support lines to report oiled wildlife, discuss oil-related damage, and for volunteer recruitment, and the group relies on donations from individuals for this type of work.

Click on the organizations below to donate or volunteer to help the wildlife and areas threatened by the oil spill.

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Building a list of volunteers prepared to help with this response including wildlife recovery, monitoring and photographing oil movement, and providing a boats and drivers for response activities. Donate to Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. Register to volunteer with Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Defenders of Wildlife
Urging the public to help prevent another drilling disaster through advocacy. Donate to Defenders of Wildlife. Find volunteer opportunities with Defenders of Wildlife.

Emerald CoastKeeper
Gathering volunteer crews ready to help clean-up efforts. Donate to Emerald CoastKeeper. Find volunteer opportunities with Emerald CoastKeeper.

Greenpeace USA
Defending our oceans and protecting our environment from toxic pollution like the recent oil spill. Donate to Greenpeace USA. Find volunteer opportunities with Greenpeace USA.

 Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
Advocates for preserving Louisiana's battered coastal ecosystem. Donate to Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.

Oxfam International
Working closely with local residents and community groups to immediately mobilize for recovery efforts and to help vulnerable communties prepare for the coming challenges. Donate to Oxfam International. 


Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida
Ready to mobilize and provide appropriate care to injured or orphaned indigenous wildlife. Donate to Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida. Find volunteer opportunities with Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida

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