NASA Satellite Image Shows Fire Scars On Australia's Kangaroo Island

Still from footage showing dead kangaroos and sheep after wildfires hit the Kangaroo Island South Australia

Still from footage showing dead kangaroos and sheep after wildfires hit the Kangaroo Island South Australia Credit Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The unprecedented fire crisis in southeast Australia that has claimed at least 26 lives since September, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched an area twice the size of the USA state of Maryland has focused many Australians on how the nation adapts to climate change.

Micah and Caleb drove round Kangaroo Island to rescue koalas.

The extent of fire damage to Kangaroo Island in the state of South Australia was captured by NASA's Terra satellite on Tuesday. "Ecologists inside the park estimate the amount of koalas that have perished in the fire at 25,000, which is half the population of the island of popular animals", NASA said. Overall, more than one billion animals are feared dead in Australia, Chris Dickman, an ecologist at the University of Sydney told CBS News.

On Friday night with the fire approaching, Dana fled with their 18-month-old son, Connor, while Sam stayed behind to defend the park and their dream.

Mr Mitchell said the fires have killed thousands of koalas on the island, a particularly devastating loss because the creatures have remained largely disease-free there, while many koalas on mainland Australia suffer from chlamydia. They stated that they exclusively took animals that seemed most stricken and reported that round 60 % of the koalas they got here throughout had burned to loss of life.




"Even if there are survivors, there is no food for them now", she said.

The island is home to the endangered Kangaroo Island dunnart - a small marsupial found only on the island - and the glossy black cockatoo, which have been brought back from the brink of extinction over the past two decades.

In New South Wales, more than 1,600 homes have been destroyed by bushfires this season.

"Unlike some of the other animals, the birds are in the best position to escape".

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited there today, vowing to help them rebuild.

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