Professor Chris Dickman at the University of Sydney estimates that 480 million animals have been affected since bushfires in NSW started in September 2019. And they believe that almost 8,000 koalas have died in the fire along the country’s eastern coast. The mid-northern coast of New South Wales was home to up to 28,000 koalas! Because they move slow and live in the forests the koalas have taken a major hit! There are reports that many people have witness detailed grisly scenes first hand of koalas and other native marsupials found disorientated, dehydrated, severely burnt, or – at worst – charred to death.
“We’ll know more when the fires have calmed down and a proper assessment can be made,” Australia’s environment minister, Sussan Ley, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“Up to 30% of their habitat has been destroyed,” Australia’s environment minister, Sussan Ley, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “We’ll know more when the fires are calmed down and a proper assessment can be made.”
“The fires have burned so hot and so fast that there has been significant mortality of animals in the trees, but there is such a big area now that is still on fire and still burning that we will probably never find the bodies,” Mark Graham, an ecologist with the Nature Conservation Council, told a parliamentary inquiry, per The Guardian.
My cousin Dean has been a firefighter for over 17 years. Over the weekend he was out on a run in Balmoral and found this ringtail possum in the middle of the road. As he got closer the little guy ran up his leg seeking shelter from the smoke and flames pic.twitter.com/cYeJZlLW4A— Emily Swanson (@Em___) December 23, 2019