Ecologists estimate that forest fires in Australia have killed about 500 million animals

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 Ecologists estimate that forest fires in Australia have killed about 500 million animals


Experts say koalas are the least likely to escape the fire because they are very slow and eat only eucalyptus leaves. This leaf is rich in vegetable oil, so it burns easily. In less than four months, ecologists say, the number of koalas on the north coast of New South Wales has fallen by a third.

Mark Graham, a member of the environmental protection committee, said that there are still quite a lot of areas burning up to now. As a result, many animals may not be found and it is difficult to calculate the loss. The Australian Department of the environment said it would not be able to determine the exact number of animal deaths until the fire has been put out and a reliable assessment has been carried out.

Source: editor in charge of reference network: Wang Fengzhi, nt2541