茄枝视频The mid-north coast of New South Wales was home to up to 28,000 koalas, but wildfires in the area in recent months have significantly reduced their population.
Koalas are native to Australia and are one of the country’s most beloved animals, but they've been under threat due to a loss of habitat.
“Up to 30 percent of their habitat has been destroyed,” Environment Minister Sussan Ley told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “We’ll know more when the fires are calmed down and a proper assessment can be made.”
Images shared of koalas drinking water after being rescued from the wildfires have gone viral on social media in recent days.
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A koala struggling in the heat has hit up a group of cyclists for a drink.
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“I get mail from all around the world from people absolutely moved and amazed by our wildlife volunteer response and also by the habits of these curious creatures,” Ley said.
茄枝视频About 12.35 million acres of land have burned nationwide during the wildfire crisis, with nine people killed and more than 1,000 homes destroyed.
茄枝视频Fire danger in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory was upgraded to severe on Saturday, as high temperatures built up over the region. Sydney’s western suburbs reached 106 Fahrenheit on Saturday, while the inner city is expected to hit 88 F on Sunday before reaching 95 F on Tuesday.
Two wildfires in New South Wales are at the "watch and act" level issued by fire services.
Canberra, Australia’s capital, peaked at 100 F on Saturday, with oppressive temperatures forecast for the next seven days.
Meanwhile, New South Wales Emergency Services Minister David Elliott has gone on an overseas family vacation in the wake of Prime Minister’s Scott Morrison’s much-criticized family trip to Hawaii recently.