Australia’s koalas, which are already listed as a vulnerable species, are dying due to Australia’s massive wildfires. According to ecologists nearly 33 percent of koalas were killed due to the wildfires and this number may climb even more.  Already 1 billion animals have vanished due to the wildfires so far Australia’s wildfires. They have also cost 24 human lives and these include volunteer firefighters.            

A satellite image shows Australia, which is the only nation in the world that is also a continent, as an inferno.  The wildfires have affected all of Australia, but the region which was hit the hardest is (NSW) New South Wales.  Australia’s wildfires have destroyed 1300 homes so far and damaged 440 homes. In NSW, 89 million acres were burned. .                                                                                                     

Australia’s koalas have lost habitat due to the fires.  Their diet consists mainly of eucalyptus leaves, which are naturally found in NSW.  Even before the devastating wildfire, Australia’s koalas were a vulnerable species due to deforestation, and now their natural environment is even more threatened as a result of the fires.                                                                                                                   

On social media we have all seen the heartbreaking photos of dead and charred koalas as well as any other animals lifeless on the ground.  We have also seen images of hope.  There are also countless photos and videos of Australians helping koalas. There are several videos that show passerby’s giving water to thirsty koalas.  Those who care for wild animals have been able to nurse koalas, as well as any other wild animals,, back to health                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Even though kangaroos are the symbols of Australia, koalas are one of the most beloved creatures of Australia. M any tourists come to Australia to see koalas.  In fact 75 percent of Europeans and Japanese travel to Australia to see the koalas.   Australia’s koalas are popular animals across the globe. With their round faces and warn eyes that resemble teddy bears, koalas truly melt our hearts.                                                                                                                                                                           

Australia’s koalas are found in Queensland New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and South Australia. Since they sleep 20 hours a day, they are sedentary creatures.  Koalas are marsupials that rely on eucalyptus leaves for their survival.  Koalas have either a silver grey to chocolate color The Queensland koala is the smallest.  The Victoria koala is the largest. Baby koalas are called joeys.  In the wild, koalas can lie from 13 to 18 years.  The females usually live more than the ales because they face less danger.                                                                                                                                                                  

Not only do tourists come to Australia to see koalas, they also come to see any other creatures.  Reptile lovers will definitely feel motivated to come to Australia since the nation has the largest number of reptiles in the world.  There are 869 species of reptiles in Australia.                                   

One of the most breathtaking sites in Australia is The Great Barrier Reef that contains more than 30 species of marine animals and colorful corals.  Sadly it is threatened by global warming, coastal development and other factors.  Ever since 1981 it has the distinction of being UNESCO World Heritage Site.                                                                                                                            

Australia, which is the driest continent on Earth, has an average rainfall less than 500 mm.  Summers have always been hot in Australia but climate change has made temperatures dangerously rise.  December 2019 was the hottest summer on record for Australia with temperatures ranging from 113 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  These high temperatures made the wildfires catastrophic.                                                                                        

Unfortunately, Australia has a high carbon footprint.  These wildfires should serve as a warming to all nations about the dangers of climate change.  Unless something is done to reduce fossil fuels, there may be more satellite images of infernos in the future.