According to World Wildlife Fund more than 3 billion animals were killed or hurt or displaced in the 2019 -2020 Australian Bush fires.
Many of the animals face extinction.
Thousands of koala bears natives of Australia were burnt to death in the Bush fires that ravaged Australia.
WWF writes :
Australia’s bushfire crisis was one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history. The fires killed or displaced nearly 3 billion animals.
Uprooting families and claiming lives, bushfires raged across Australia from June 2019 to February 2020. New WWF research reveals that the toll on wildlife was around three times higher than an earlier study estimated.
In total, 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds, and 51 million frogs were harmed. “It’s a difficult number to comprehend,” said Professor Chris Dickman of the University of Sydney.
Similar losses of life have been reported from US West Coast fires.
The full extent of loss of wildlife may never be known. What is clear is that it is enormous and many of the species may never recover.