An estimated 30 percent of the koalas living in the Australian state of New South Wales were killed in the devastating fires that have been raging for weeks.
That is what the Australian Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, said in an interview.
Forest fires have been keeping Australia under control for weeks. The scale on which the sea of flames rages is unseen. The figures are hallucinatory: 5 million hectares have been destroyed across the country, 9 people have been killed so far.
But there is also another victim who suffers significantly from the massive fires: the koala. The Australian Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, made that clear again in an interview.
“Up to 30 percent of New South Wales koalas have been killed because up to 30 percent of their habitat has been destroyed.”
That figure is only an estimate: “Only when the fire is under control, and we can make a report will we know more,” she said in an ABC radio program.