The authorities in Australia have deployed aircraft to carry and drop vegetables on bushfire-struck areas in order to feed starving animals that managed to survive the fires but were left with no food.
To assist marsupials, including kangaroos and koalas among other species endemic to Australia, in recovery, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service launched the so-called ‘Operation Rock Wallaby.’
So far, they have already provided more than two tons of fresh veggies to thousands of helpless animals from the areas of Yengo National Park, the Kangaroo Valley, the Wolgan Valley, the Capertee Valley, the Kangaroo Valley, as well as around national parks including Curracubundi, Oxley Wild Rivers, and Jenolan.
According to the WWF estimations, more than one billion animals have died due to the effects of the recent Australian bushfire crisis.
“This heart-breaking loss includes thousands of precious koalas on the mid-north coast of NSW, along with other iconic species such as kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, potoroos, cockatoos and honeyeaters,” Dermot O’Gorman of WWF-Australia expressed.
As NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean confirmed, animals that have managed to escape the deadly blaze are facing a new threat as they were left stranded with no food and no home to return to.
“The wallabies typically survive the fire itself, but are then left stranded with limited natural food as the fire takes out the vegetation around their rocky habitat,” Mr. Kean said.
“The wallabies were already under stress from the ongoing drought, making survival challenging for the wallabies without assistance.
“When we can, we are also setting up cameras to monitor the uptake of the food and the number and variety of animals there.”
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