A staggering 480 million animals have been killed by the bush fires in Australia, according to an estimate.
The number was compiled by Professor Chris Dickman – an expert on Australian biodiversity from the University of Sydney.
The University released a statement titled A statement about the 480 million animals killed in NSW bushfires since September, which explains how further animals are likely to be affected by the disaster.
“Professor Chris Dickman estimates that 480 million animals have been affected since the bushfires in NSW started in September 2019,” says the report.
“This figure only relates to the state of NSW. Many of the affected animals are likely to have been killed directly by the fires, with others succumbing later due to the depletion of food and shelter resources and predation from introduced feral cats and red foxes.
“The figure includes mammals, birds and reptiles and does not include insects, bats or frogs. The true loss of animal life is likely to be much higher than 480 million. NSW’s wildlife is seriously threatened and under increasing pressure from a range of threats, including land clearing, exotic pests and climate change.”…