3 billion animals killed and affected by fires in Australia

According to a report from the University of Sydney commissioned by WWF Australia, over 60,000

koalas were among the animals affected by fires in Australia.

In total, about 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 181 million birds and 51 million frogs lived in the burned areas.

The study clarifies data on specific animal species. Among the victims:

  • 50 million indigenous rats and mice;
  • 40 million possums and gliders;
  • 5.5 million bettongs, bandicoots, quokkas and potruos;
  • 5 million kangaroos and wallabies;
  • 5 million bats;
  • 1.1 million wombats;
  • 114 thousand echidnas;
  • 61 thousand koalas;
  • 19 thousand cualls and Tasmanian devils;
  • 5 thousand dingos.

The fires affected more than 41,000 koalas on an island in South Australia, over 11,000 in Victoria, almost 8,000 in New South Wales and almost 900 in Queensland.

Examining how many animals were affectedfrom the fires, led by Dr. Lily van Eden under the supervision of Professor Chris Dieckman of the University of Sydney's School of Life and Environmental Sciences. Their recommendations include mapping and monitoring plants and animals in regions most at risk of future fires, and developing strategies to protect these areas during fires.

People were shocked by our research and told me: "We cannot allow disasters of this magnitude to continue in the future."

Professor Chris Dieckman of the University of Sydney's School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

WWF Australia CEO Dermot O'Gorman said the number of koalas in New South Wales and Queensland was rapidly declining before the fires.

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