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The Wildlife Rehabilitation Project is addressing the problem of wildlife being displaced from their habitats and left without access to clean water after wildfire events. Wildfires such as the ones seen in Australia in 2019 and California in 2020 contribute to pollution in natural water sources and the ash deposited in water makes the water undrinkable for nearby animals as well as uninhabitable for aquatic life. In addition to the destruction of habitats, plants, and animals, the pollution left after wildfires upsets the ecosystem in which the fires took place. While eventually the environment will heal from wildfires, it will take decades in severe circumstances and animals which are already endangered are even more at risk of extinction. If natural water sources were to be cleaned of pollutants and water was able to be extracted from the atmosphere and provided for animals to drink, they stand a much higher chance of surviving these extreme climate events.