Devastating bushfires have been ravaging New South Wales from September last year, the result of climatic changes that have increased global warming. With temperatures reaching upwards of 40C over the weekend, Australian natives have had to deal with the loss of human life, substantial damage to property, and the potential for entire animal species to get wiped out in the aftermath.
Images of burnt, charred, dead, and injured koalas, kangaroos, and wombats, some of Australia’s most distinctive species have caused widespread concern around the world. With the blaze showing no sign of abating, many fear the large scale extinction of animals, birds, and reptiles. Reportedly, an estimated half a billion animals have already lost their lives in the fires however, the actual number is expected to be significantly higher.