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US News 25,000 koalas dead and unique species wiped out on Australian island

11:50  10 january  2020
11:50  10 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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As Australia ’s ongoing bushfire crisis continues to spread devastation across the island continent Small marsupials called dunnarts and glossy black cockatoos are among the creatures feared to have been entirely wiped out after the fires transformed much of the island into a “scorched wasteland.”

Devastating wildfires ravaged an Australian island on Friday in the midst of the country’s months-long drought and fire crisis, with many fearing that the new blaze wiped out half of the koala RELATED: Half a Billion Animals, Including 8, 000 Koalas , Feared Dead from Devastating Australian Wildfires.

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The owner of the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park in South Australia has told Sky News he would risk his life defending hundreds of animals as bushfires continue to tear through the biodiversity rich region.

There was a frantic rush to bolster defences as two large blazes circling the area looked as if they would merge.

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1. 24 people dead 2. 8, 000 koalas dead 3. 500M animals dead 4. More than 1400 homes destroyed 5. Over 5.5 million hectares burned 6. More than 10 million people in toxic level of bushfire smoke Pray for Australia .# australia #prayforaustralia #bushfire #prayforrain Nearly 500, 000 , 000 animals

Koalas thrived on the island , and there is a government program to reduce their numbers. Bushfire tornado tears through Kangaroo Island in South Australia – video. Dr Richard Glatz, an He said the bees made nests in yacca trees and in the trunks of dead banksias and he was concerned that fire

a close up of a stuffed animal: Millions of animals, including koalas have been killed or injured in the fires © Other Millions of animals, including koalas have been killed or injured in the fires Hundreds of the park's animals are in peril - such as penguins, pelicans, the world's most dangerous bird (the Cassowary),as well as kangaroos and crocodiles and hundreds more injured wildlife that have been brought in by members of the public for treatment.

The island has lost an estimated 25,000 koalas - half its population - and two animals unique to it may have been wiped out altogether.

a man wearing a hat: Sam Mitchell is the owner of Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park in South Australia © Other Sam Mitchell is the owner of Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park in South Australia There has been a two decade-long community conservation push to increase the numbers of the glossy black cockatoo, which is now under threat because of the vast destruction done to its habitat.

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"I'm going to defend the place," the centre's owner Sam Mitchell told Sky News.

"I don't want to burn. I want to live. But I have to do it," he added.

Kangaroo Island has lost an estimated 25,000 koalas - half its population © Other Kangaroo Island has lost an estimated 25,000 koalas - half its population A group of Australian soldiers drafted in to help secure the sanctuary worked furiously during the first half of the morning before being told to leave the area because of the danger.

An army vet worked alongside a private one and a team of volunteers to bandage the hordes of koalas brought into the animal refuge - many of them had burned snouts and singed eyes.

The front room of the Mitchell household has been turned into a 24-hour care area for orphaned baby koalas, joeys and wombats, who are fed with special formula milk and medicines three to four times a day.

a person holding a baby: Army and private vets work with volunteers to bandage koalas brought into the animal refuge © Other Army and private vets work with volunteers to bandage koalas brought into the animal refuge

Two joeys snuggled up into cloth bags hanging on the back of two of their dining chairs.

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As Australia ’s fire crisis continues, wildlife experts are now warning of “catastrophic losses” including the elimination of entire species . Small marsupials called dunnarts and glossy black cockatoos are among the creatures feared to have been entirely wiped out after the fires transformed much of the

Devastating wildfires ravaged an Australian island on Friday in the midst of the country’s months-long drought and fire crisis, with many fearing that the new blaze wiped out half of the Kangaroo Island is a popular tourist attraction with protected nature reserves off the coast of South Australia , and was

A trailer-full of koalas arrived, even as the team were deciding when to leave.

a person sitting at a table eating food: Sam Mitchell and his wife Dana's front room has been turned into a 24-hour care area for orphaned animals © Other Sam Mitchell and his wife Dana's front room has been turned into a 24-hour care area for orphaned animals

The scrawny animals were found scrambling around the ground, too injured to climb trees - and many had burned paws and noses.

When the volunteers reached them, they were desperately hungry and thirsty.

As the winds changed, most of the group at the park decided to pull out.

a close up of a dog: Orphaned joeys are fed with special formula milk several times a day © Other Orphaned joeys are fed with special formula milk several times a day Sam Mitchell's partner Dana, who is a bedrock of the centre, was crying as she said goodbye.

"I love you," she sobbed as she left with the couple's young son Connor.

"I don't want to leave," she told us "but I have to think of the young one".

Many of the koalas brought in had burned paws and noses © Other Many of the koalas brought in had burned paws and noses

Firefighter Billy Dunlop, who is also the park's manager, told us we had been ordered to evacuate.

The winds were pushing the fires towards the centre.

a man wearing sunglasses and standing in front of a car: Sam Mitchell's partner Dana sobbed as she said goodbye © Other Sam Mitchell's partner Dana sobbed as she said goodbye "You have 20 minutes to leave by the only safe road," he warned us.

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Among the species that possibly perished in the fire is the Glossy black cockatoo which total Most key feeding and breeding areas on the north coast of the island were lost to fire, said Daniella So far, the fires on the island have burned around 155, 000 hectares, and most of the blazes were located in

Lying off Australia ’s southern coast, Kangaroo Island is famous for its pristine wilderness. It contains protected nature reserves teeming with native wildlife The park is a popular place for spotting the duck-billed platypus, one of Australia ’s most beloved species . Ecologists estimate that about 25 , 000

They rigged up sprinklers to spray the house with water to keep it cool.

a group of people standing next to a dog: Dana Mitchell says she was forced to evacuate because of 'the young one' © Other Dana Mitchell says she was forced to evacuate because of 'the young one' Sam and his father, brother and father-in-law hurriedly ran round the pens of injured koalas distributing gum tree branches to eat and filling up water bowls.

a man standing on a sidewalk: Firefighter Billy Dunlop, who is also the park's manager, warned the team to evacuate © Getty Firefighter Billy Dunlop, who is also the park's manager, warned the team to evacuate

"Its going to be a long night," Sam said.

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