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Koalas Now Returned To The Wild After Australian Wildfires Died Down

Here’s some good news to break the gloominess of this coronavirus lockdown: Months after the massive wildfires devastated the lands and forests of Australia, the country’s koalas are now being released back into the wild.

After The Bushfires

Just last year, Australia went through a massive calamity because intense bushfires and wildfires ravaged its lands, affecting both people and natural wildlife. In fact, as per University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman, around 480 million animals have been either injured or killed in the bushfires that ravaged Australia for months on end.

Thankfully, 2020 brought with it some much needed rain, which finally killed the bushfires that have killed so many. And now, months after the catastrophic fiery calamity, there’s a glimmer of good news because koalas are now being slowly released back into the wild.

According to the latest report, four adult koalas and one brand new joey (baby Kangaroo) have been released in the Kanangra-Boyd National Park in the state of New South Wales. Per reports, these koalas are the first of the 12 that were rescued from the Blue Mountains area during the time of the bushfires, which have been sheltering at Sydney's Taronga Zoo since January. All in all, there will be around 13 koalas that will be released back into the wild, while the others will be fast-tracked because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

As per reports, a shocking 10,000 koalas have unfortunately died because of the bushfires, as well as the drought that came after. As such, koala hospitals increased in admission significantly.

Thankfully, the combined efforts of the San Diego Zoo Global and Science for Wildlife, a Sydney-based not-for-profit wildlife conservation organization, resulted in the release of these four (well, five) lucky koalas back into their natural habitat.

"While they have coped well in care we are delighted to finally send our koalas home. We have been busy assessing the burnt area that we rescued them from, to establish when the conditions have improved enough that the trees can support them again. The recent rains have helped and there is now plenty of new growth for them to eat, so the time is right. We will be radio-tracking them and keeping a close eye on them to make sure that they settle in OK," Dr. Kellie Leigh, executive director of Science for Wildlife, said in a press statement.

And while four koalas doesn’t seem all that much, the wildlife experts believe it’s the first of many crucial steps that the country needs to take to recover.

Koala Chlamydia ravages through the once robust population of koalas in Australia. Koala Chlamydia is much more severe in the marsupials, causing blindness, infertility or death. Creative Commons

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