Once idyllic lush scenery, native bushland, and treasured homes are fast burning into apocalyptic wastelands with Queensland and New South Wales suffering unparalleled fire emergencies over the past month and reaching catastrophic-level last week. Sadly three human lives have been lost and over 150 homes destroyed, and counting… the crisis isn’t over yet. .
To top it off, as the fires have ravaged our country, Monday, November 11th was the driest day in Australian weather recording history (some 137 years) where aside from a small amount in Tasmania, the remainder of the country had zero rainfall. Embers can travel up to 20-30 kms causing more spot fires, showing just how damaging, easily widespread and uncontrollable this wind-driven fire front can be.
In bushfires, no one suffers more than the furry residents at the top of a tree. Koalas call the Eucalyptus home, which dangerously happens to be one of the most flammable trees, posing huge threats to their community. One of the fifteen major New South Wales fires at Lake Innes Nature Reserve already ravaged through two-thirds of the 500-600 strong koala residents’ home last month, with over 350 estimated dead by Koala Conservation Australia. This equates to 0.5% of the entire species incinerated within just a few hours. With such a devastatingly huge loss in such a short space of time, it’s a worrying battle for our koala population, given their incredibly slow breeding rates.
Along with slow breeding, add a triple combo of increasing deforestation, warmer weather through climate changes, and bushfires destroying their only food source (leaves), there are deep concerns Australia’s rapidly declining koala population could be extinct in the wild by 2050.
I recently travelled to local animal hospitals in QLD/NSW to deliver vital veterinary medical supplies that are now in short supply, where they are needed the most. This was possible because of your generous donations so far. If you would still like to help you can donate here so we can buy and deliver more medication, bandages, burn cream etc that they so desperately need.
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