Devastating Bushfire in Australia have Wiped Out 80% of Koalas’ Natural habitat

As bushfire rages across Australia, the devastating bushfire has wiped out 80% of koalas’ natural habitat that 2.5 million acres have burned in New South Wales alone. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that over 1,000 koalas have already been killed in the fires. As koalas tend to climb up to treetops during the fire, there was no way out. 

 

With deforestation a major problem, koalas have a low population in the wild with less than 80,000 back in May. Thus, any researchers claim that koalas are now functionally extinct because the numbers of koalas have dropped so low that they fail to contribute significantly to their ecosystem.

 

#Deforestation 

Eucalyptus trees are cut down and koalas suffer from starvation. Because of an increase in droughts, the remaining leaves of the eucalyptus trees are too dry to provide sufficient hydration for koalas.  After the fires subside, it will take months for eucalyptus trees to grow back, which means that koalas have a great chance to be on the brink of extinction. 

 

One thing is for certain—the numbers of koalas are in steep decline. In light of the news, calls have been made for the government to enact the Koala Protection Act.

 

#koala habitats 

#animal hospitals

 

森林大火蔓延追報導:加州、澳洲環境條件相似

據《半島電視台》(Al Jazeera)報導,澳洲大火至今已經讓600萬公頃土地遭焚燒,焚燒面積約等同兩個比利時,至少有1300間住家遭到大火毀壞,同時更有大量野生動物及人類飼養的飼養的動物死亡。

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澳洲和加州兩地都有尤加利樹生長,在大火中燃燒後易產生危險的灰燼,透過強風最遠可散播數英里,讓火勢更加嚴重。《CNN》指出,澳洲的尤加利樹有更大片的樹葉,可能讓灰燼能散布得更廣,讓森林大火的情況更家危險。澳洲大火讓大片樹林焚燒,袋鼠和無尾熊等動物被迫四處避難。

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知名演員妮可·基嫚(Nicole Kidman)在Instagram貼文表示會捐助50萬美元(約新台幣1500萬元)給澳洲當地消防單位,張貼可供民眾捐款的單位連結,盼透過支持與祈禱來關心澳洲受災民眾。美國歌手「粉紅佳人」(P!nk)也在Twitter上向表示對澳洲的災情感到極度痛心同時捐款。

 

英國哈利王子與妻子梅根提醒全球多處都面臨環境災害,「這波全球環境危機現在被稱為『生態滅絕』(Ecocide)。這很容易令人絕望,但我們總是有辦法做出協助」,並貼出相關網址讓民眾查詢可提供幫助的管道。

 

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Instead of using my given birth name, I utilize pseudonyms to publish my writings and Margaret W. Lavigne is one of them. I am keenly aware of adverse effects of being a celebrity and that’s why I value my privacy.

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