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Over a BILLION animals have died in Australian bushfires so far

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Over a billion animals are believed to have died in Australian bushfires including a third of koalas on the country’s mid-north coast – which experts say has driven the animal close to extinction. 

The University of Sydney has revealed grim estimates relating to the catastrophic damage done to wildlife as fires sweep through the country.

Ecologists say 480 million animals have succumbed to the fires since September, including 8,000 koalas. The newer number includes a number of species excluded from that stat.

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The figure is an estimation for NSW alone – with experts saying that the number across Australia is likely to be ‘significantly higher’.

“Many of the affected animals are likely to have been killed directly by the fires, with others succumbing later due to the depletion of food and shelter resources and predation from introduced feral cats and red foxes,” a spokesperson for the study said.

In the days and weeks following the fires more animals will continue to suffer and many will die due to lack of food and shelter. 

Koalas close to extinction

Koalas have suffered more than most in an area 240 miles north of Sydney which had the highest population of koalas in the country at 28,000.

A devastating 30 percent of koala habitats have been destroyed in the region, leading to 30 percent of the animals to burn to death, federal environment minister Sussan Ley reported. 

“We’ll know more when the fires have calmed down and a proper assessment can be made,” she told ABC.

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Unprecedented

Many humans have also died and homes have been reduced to ashes across the country due to unprecedented bushfires.

The region also holds The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital – which treated 74 badly burned koalas on Christmas Day alone. 

Clinical director Cheyen Flanagan said that three quarters of the animal’s habitat has been destroyed. 

The hospital has set up a Go Fund Me page and raised more than AUS$3 million. 

“Donations have now reached an incredible amount and we are extending the project to establish a wild koala breeding program,” the hospital reported. 

“In what is a national tragedy, the bushfires in and around Port Macquarie in November, devastated a genetically diverse koala population.  As many as 350 koalas have perished with approximately 75% of the fireground footprint being prime koala habitat.

“Some of the funds raised through the Go Fund Me site will be directed to building a ‘Koala Ark’, a facility to allow the surviving koalas to be accommodated in a healthy habitat area.  Hopefully, these koalas will breed and a new population of koalas will be established for return to the wild.”

Donations

So far more than 45,000 people have donated to the koala hospital in a campaign which could be vital to the species’ survival.

The organisation has already built drinking stations for koalas across the region.

The group will use funds to obtain vital information and research for wildlife rehabilitation after bushfires which will be shared with other organisations.

Donate to the koala hospital’s Go Fund Me page here, and share this article to help the project attract donations. 

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