Australian Wildfires Devastate Koala Numbers


Wylie Knight

In recent news, Australia is currently in an awful and extremely dangerous bushfire. This fire is spreading and as of January 7 about 32,400 square miles of Australia has burned since the bushfires began.
Due to an extremely dry season in 2019, these fires began in September and are continuing into today’s date and time. The fires are affecting all life in Australia including humans, animals, and plants — all are seeking help from the harmful conditions.
According to CNN’s article “Millions of animals are dying from the Australian fires, and the environment will suffer for years to come” nearly half a billion animals have been affected.
Many native animals like koalas, kangaroos, and wombats are all facing many deaths affecting their conservation status. Nearly 25,000 koala bears are thought to have died from fire-related causes.
Since koalas are spread across all Australia they are not facing extinction. But, the wild koala populations are declining majorly for these wholesome marsupials. The same goes for species like kangaroos since they are spread throughout Australia in some fire-affected areas and some safe areas.
But some species aren’t so lucky because once their only habitats are destroyed by fires they are extinct and never coming back. CNN states that “the eastern bristlebird, the mountain pygmy possum and the corroboree frog.” are all facing possible extinction.
Although bushfires in Australia are not a rare occurrence during the dry season, these fires are insanely large and are being exacerbated by climate change. According to The Weather Channel, “the Earth is losing animal species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the natural rate.”.
Hopefully these animals from Down Under don’t add the already length extinction list. But, donations are being collected to help contain this beast of flames.
It’s estimated these fires will be extinguished by March 2020, if the fires don’t extend and prolong.