Everyone is aware of the extreme bush fires in Australia. It has destroyed the atmosphere and the habitat of the innocent animals . Recently, we brought the news of the survival of a koala who was burnt and how the bravo lady saved it by covering it with her shirt and pouring water.
It is estimated that Thousands of animals have been killed in South Whales and QueensLand ,according to Deborah Tabart—chairman of the Australian Koala Foundation
She quoted to The Mail Australia, now more than ever, this has left koalas “functionally extinct” and thus unable to recover .
BBC explained the term “functionally extinct” describes an animal population which has so few pairs that they are unlikely to produce a new generation. It also describes species who breed in such thinned-out amounts that they are especially susceptible to falling ill from disease.
“If we combine all of the estimated deaths of koalas in the bushfires, there could be 1000 koalas that have been killed in the last two months.
We know there are 31 koalas that have been killed in Port Macquarie, but I think that is not a high enough number.”
The koala expert also noted that at least 350 koalas were likely killed in the bush fires near the coastal township of Port Macquarie.
Similarly frightful fires have plagued koala habitats in places like Crows Nest and Lake Toowoomba, but a full account of dead koalas has yet to be taken into account.
“We think there are 18,000 koalas in New South Wales alone, so the bushfires have had a massive impact on their population.”
Further she added :
“Because of deforestation and now the bushfires, there is so little habitat left and trees with eucalyptus take months to grow back.”
Climate change and arid conditions are also a threat to the koalas’ habitat, decreasing the likelihood of any recovery. The next quarter-century is not expected to entail much rain in the western regions of NSW.
Being the last year’s mascot of common wealth games ,these cute creatures are always known as an Australian symbol.
Tabart asserted that this is a pure failure of government which did not have proper arrangements for rescuing the innocent creatures likewise the Koala Protection act written in 2016. She said:“They are equivalent to the Great Barrier Reef. Everyone wants to touch a koala, so you would think the government would want to do something to save them.
The plight of the Koala now falls on the Prime Minister’s shoulders.” she quoted.
Koala hospitals have been inundated with badly injured and burned koalas, drawing the support of volunteers across the country.
Koala Hospital Port Macquarie team leader Amanda Gordon told Newshub that koala bodies are simply not turning up, which means that the population was likely decimated. She said:
“We’ve got teams going out on the fire grounds still as we speak, looking for wildlife. We are not seeing a lot, which means they’ve been burnt.”
Gordon’s hospital has raised over $1 million to help the injured marsupials—far more than the initial fundraising goal of $25,000.
Their campaign hopes to install automatic drinking stations for koalas in the areas devastated by the fires
Donations began pouring in after dramatic footage emerged of a woman running into a raging brushfire to save an injured koala named Ellenborough Lewis. Video showed the koala, badly burned with patches of fur missing, running near the fires before the woman, Toni Doherty, saved him by pouring bottles of water on him and wrapping him in a blanket
We wish that this disastrous fire stops soon so that life could be back on track.