A recent estimate from the University of Sydney shows how more than 1 billion reptiles, birds, and mammals may have found their end in the Australian fires. Chris Dickman from the University of Sydney had to change his first estimate of the numbers of animals endangered or killed because of the fire’s fierce range.
“I think there’s nothing quite to compare with the devastation that’s going on over such a large area so quickly,” detailed the professor. Also, he explained: “It’s a monstrous event in terms of geography and the number of individual animals affected.”
On a picture shot on January 9, a rescued kangaroo brings us a chance to the possibility of stopping the hazardous fire.
Unstoppable Australian Bushfires
The fires, which have devastated Australia for too long now, have extended very fast and overwhelmed actions to control them. For example, two large bushfires in the southeastern region of Australia recently became one massive mega-fire measuring almost 1.5 million acres, as NPR states. There are over 130 bushfires that have taken the lives of 26 people and devastated almost 3,000 houses, according to the official reports.
Professor Dickman, who possesses 30 years of experience studying and working on the ecology, management of Australian mammals, conservation, released another statement. He said: “We know that Australian biodiversity has been going down over the last several decades, and it’s probably fairly well known that Australia’s got the world’s highest rate of extinction for mammals.”
Professor Dickman also stated that even when animals escape the fires when they get back to their habitats, they won’t find the needed resources to live. There is also the possibility that the surviving animals to become victims of predators. The University of Sydney recorded 34 species of native mammals became extinct in the country over the last 200 years.