- More than three million hectares of New South Wales, an Australian state, has been destroyed by the raging bushfires in the country
- Ecology professor Chris Dickman estimated that about 480 million animals had been killed
- The bushfires had reportedly killed more than 2,000 koalas with many other animal species facing extinction
The raging bush fires in Australia have reportedly destroyed more than three million hectares in New South Wales, a southeastern state in the country.
Daily Mail reports that a professor of Ecology at the University of Sydney, Chris Dickman, estimated that 480 million animals, including birds and reptiles, had lost their lives to the bush fires in the state.
The bush fires, which reportedly started in November 2019, had also burnt through the best koala habitat in the state killing over 2,000.
The koala is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial which is native to Australia. Pictured below is American actress Emmy Rossum who is involved in the campaign to save koalas.
The destruction of koala habitats meant the animals would have difficulty reproducing incoming generations in the state.
Professor Dickman said: "Almost certainly, a lot of koalas would have been killed directly by the flames and probably indirectly by a combination of starvation, being picked off by dogs, even for the ones that survived."
Some of the Koalas were, however, rescued from the bush fires though they could not be relocated to another area of bushland, according to Australia's federal environment minister Sussan Ley.
She said: "The next, most difficult thing is how to reintroduce them into their habitat.
"You can't pick up a koala that's lived for several generations in one area and move it even 50km away.
"It needs the same area, the same type of trees, and it really is quite a complicated exercise - they're not the easiest creatures to adapt to different circumstances."
There are still 79 fires burning in the state with 40 still to be contained and many animal species facing extinction.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that bush fires in New South town of Cobargo in Australia on Tuesday, December 31, led to the death of two persons and forced a lot of residents to leave their homes.
As there were fears that the number of casualties might increase, emergency officials, including soldiers, had begun to make moves to evacuate people in the area owing to the fires that have turned the skies red in vision.
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