The bushfires currently raging in Australia are among the worst in the nation’s history, and since the fire season began in late July, they’ve devastated large swaths of the country—we won’t know the true extent of the crisis until after the fires have died down.
It’s been estimated that more than 10.7 million hectares of Australian land have been burned. At least 29 people have died and thousands of homes have been lost. New South Wales has declared a state of emergency and Victoria a state of disaster, and major fires continue to rage across the forests and natural areas in South Australia and Western Australia.
The impact on wildlife has been equally devastating with 1.25 billion animals estimated to have been killed across Australia to date. This includes thousands of koalas and other iconic species such as kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, cockatoos, and honeyeaters, and many thousands more injured and homeless.
As I’ve watched the situation…
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