Despite the New Year cheer, most people all over the world are concerned about Australia.
The wildfires do not show any signs of stopping.
Australia is a land where many animals are endemic – that is, they can only be found there.
It is already known that Australia is a treasure trove of thousands of varieties of wildlife. And now, the unstoppable Australian wildfires are swallowing everything up. It has been estimated that around 500 million mammals, including the endangered Koala (around 8,000 estimated) have already met their end.
Australians are not aloof to the fact that the Australian wildfires can potentially change the ecological balance between animals and plants. Hence, they have come forward to help. There are many people who are volunteering to douse the fire by tying up with firefighting brigades. Many are donating to animal hospitals. Charities are working 24/7 to help mitigate any environmental problem.
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With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much. I wanted to let you know that we are SAFE. There are no fires near us @AustraliaZoo or our conservation properties. Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients. My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honour her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can. 💙🙏🏼
And among the helpers is Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the late Steve Irwin. Steve Irwin of Australia is known all over the world as the Crocodile Hunter. He had a passion for the environment and wanted humans to participate in curing the environment as well as bringing a healthy ecological balance between animals and humans. Unfortunately, he died while filming an ocean documentary, back in 2006 – a death mourned by the entire world.
Now, Steve’s 21-year-old daughter is filling up the shoes of her father. She has shown her role as a wildlife enthusiast during this crisis of wildfires. Bindi has posted on Instagram that she is working with the Australian Zoo to try and treat the animal patients being rushed from the wildfire-prone areas. The fires, fortunately, have not reached the zoo and the Wildlife Hospital is quite busy, treating more than 90,000 patients. They are all saving lives and Bindi is trying to put herself to assistance as much as she can.
— SBS News (@SBSNews) December 31, 2019
Terri Irwin, Bindi’s mother, is the one who runs the Australian Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Last month, the hospital may have treated around 8000 injured animals. And now, with the bushfires in the country, the zoo has too many animals to treat.
Bindi comes out as an inspiration for all the young souls of Australia. It is also a fateful post since along with the post a terrible video has surfaced where kangaroos are seen desperately fleeing a parched grassland near Bredbo in New South Wales.
Thanks to everyone who’s asked how we’re doing in this severe bushfire season. The Sunshine Coast is not currently experiencing any fires. Our 497 staff are SAFE. @AustraliaZoo is SAFE. Our conservation properties are SAFE. We are treating more animals at our Wildlife Hospital. pic.twitter.com/RrcqBQ9UyO
— Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) January 2, 2020
The tragic scene was recorded by Mitchell Lyons. Lyons mentioned how the kangaroos desperately fled from the Australian wildfires destroying their habitat. Ecologists fear a massive loss of wildlife. From wombats, koalas, kangaroos, to possums, a large number of endemic species are at risk. It is difficult to put the right number to the loss happening right now, but it is clear that this unprecedented series of Australian wildfires can tip the ecological balance between plants and animals forever. The loss of the koala population has been a major one – about 30% of the colony has been swallowed by the wildfires around the northeast coast.
Hopefully, the Australian wildfires will stop soon.
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