Endangered species hit hard by Australia’s bushfires
The unprecedented bushfires have burned more than half the known habitat of 100 threatened plants and animals, including 32 critically endangered species.
Where the bushfires have claimed 29 lives, it has also caused massive destruction to Australia’s rich and unique wildlife.
The wildlife experts fear that more than a billion animals may have perished in the unprecedented wave of bushfires that have ravaged eastern and southern Australia for several weeks.
Officials say it will take weeks to assess the exact toll as many fire grounds remain too dangerous to inspect.
The country’s Department of the Environment and Energy on Monday issued a preliminary list of endangered species of plants, animals and insects which have been severely affected by the bushfires.
Habitat of more than 49 species has been affected, while another 65 species have seen 50-80 percent of their distribution areas affected.
“Some species are more vulnerable to fire than others and some areas were more severely burnt than others, so further analysis will be needed before we can fully assess the impact of the fires on the ground,” the department said in an official statement.
The threatened by the fires included 272 plant, 16 mammal, 14 frog, nine bird, seven reptile, four insect, four fish and one spider species, it added.
Out of 32 critically endangered species impacted by bushfires, most were plants and water animals including frogs and turtles.