We hope that by nominating the koala for endangered status, governments will use this opportunity to tackle the many threats facing them to stop any further decline”. Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister, defended his handling of the wildfire crisis on Sunday, saying “blame doesn't help anybody at this time and over-analysis of these things is not a productive exercise". Thundersnow booms over Scotland with more snow and heavy rain forecast across the UK, How the UK will get Pfizer's Covid vaccine from factory to patient, The priority list for the Pfizer vaccine - and how it will be rolled out. enquiries@wwf.org.au or call 1800 032 551. Thank you! Most importantly, listing koalas as an endangered species would enable politicians and public servants to use federal and state laws to stop trees being bulldozed and logged. A koala in care with RSPCA Queensland, cuddling a panda plush © RSPCA QLD / Peter Wilson. About £10,600,000 worth of bluegum and pine trees on plantations were also lost. According to the Department of Home Affairs, to date more than 12.6 million hectares across Australia have been burned. Calculate your ecological footprint and find out how you can contribute to the conservation of the environment with WWF Australia. As many as 350 koalas are estimated to have died in fires that tore through the Port Macquarie region, decimating the habitat in an area home to one of the state’s biggest koala populations. At least 24 people have died during the fire crisis. At least 26 people have died … Cooler temperatures and lighter winds brought some relief in New South Wales and Victoria on Sunday, but authorities warned and extremely hot and dry weather is expected to return within days and that fires will continue to burn for weeks. It is believed at least another 60 homes were destroyed in New South Wales overnight and that estimate is expected to rise significantly as crews conduct further assessments. It is understood the federal government’s Threatened Species Scientific Committee is already considering the conservation status of the koala. Hundreds of koalas are feared to have died in an Australian bushfire, animal rescuers say. A koala and her baby at the Raymond Island Koala and Wildlife shelter on Raymond Island in Australia on Jan. 6, 2020. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. • It is estimated there has been an 80% decline across the Mulga Lands in the states south-west, previously considered to support the second highest proportion of koalas across all bioregions in Queensland. 02/01/2020. Wildlife experts estimate that half a billion mammals, birds, and reptiles have been killed in the fires in recent weeks. A t least 25,000 koalas are believed to have died in a horrific wildfire in South Australia that may have devastating consequences for the survival of the species. Koalas were already on the path to extinction in eastern Australia. The loss includes thousands of koalas, along with other species such as kangaroos and wallabies. This has the potential to hasten koalas’ slide towards extinction in the … The World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia (WWF-Australia), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and Humane Society International (HSI), have provided strong evidence to the federal government to support the nomination. And even if they managed to survive, many are near … If you would like to help us, please make a donation. Watch: Plane lands on US motorway and crashes into traffic, Turkmenistan's leader burns seized drugs on camera, Marked difference in behaviour of the sexes during the Covid pandemic, fresh ONS data shows. Story must be told,” he said on Twitter. Photos and graphics © WWF or used with permission. What exactly is the Pfizer vaccine, who will get it, and is it safe? Many important populations were directly in the path of the fires, and may not recover without serious and long term rescue efforts. Bushfires raging in eastern Australia have killed at least four people and killed so many koalas they may land on the endangered species list. Some animals, like koalas and kangaroos, are primarily killed directly by the fires — for instance, by being incinerated in flames or choking on smoke. (Christina Simons / The New York Times) Have 25,000 koalas really died? Thank you for your enquiry. Brexit deal: what has been agreed, and what happens next? Additionally, according to The Telegraph, at least 25,000 koalas are believed to have died in the fires. Early on Sunday Dave Harrison, 47, died of a heart attack in New South Wales while fighting to save a friend’s rural property in Batlow. Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, Australia, while soaring temperatures have increased the fire danger in the country's east. Sam Mitchell, co-owner of the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, told The Guardian that koala numbers had been around 50,000, but "probably more than half" would have died in the fires. Australia bushfires: 480 million animals, 8000 koalas killed by fires - experts . Following severe population declines, made worse by this summer’s devastating bushfires, conservation and animal welfare groups have nominated the koala to be listed as endangered in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT. As many as 10,000 koalas — a third of New South Wales' total population — are estimated to have perished this summer from bushfires and drought, an inquiry has heard. Denmark to end oil, gas extraction in North Sea. Tier 4 lockdown: what would the rules be, and what UK areas could be affected. Visit Us today! Registered Charity Number: ACN 001 594 074 | NSW License Number: CFN 13143 We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. (WATCH: Woman Saves Badly Burned Koala from Australia Wildfires) The fires have so far burned more than 12 million acres of land and destroyed … Land clearing has ramped up, increasing 13-fold in New South Wales since the government weakened native vegetation laws in 2016. There are fears endangered species in sanctuaries like Kangaroo Island, which was also home to 50,000 kangaroos before the fire, have been lost forever. It’s completely heartbreaking. On Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia, experts said thousands of kangaroos and koalas had been killed in the fire that has now ravaged a third of the island. “They had a plan to get out, but I just think he was overcome by the heat, the smoke, the exhaustion, running around putting out spot fires everywhere,” he told Nine News. HSI Senior Campaign Manager Alexia Wellbelove said: “The bushfires have brought the plight of koalas into sharp focus.