Australia’s 2019-2020 Bushfires: The Wildlife Toll
In January, as fires still burned, WWF helped inform the world that 1.25 billion animals – mammals, birds and reptiles – were impacted by Australia’s bushfire
disaster. This early estimate, led by Professor Chris Dickman working with
WWF scientists, generated headlines across the globe and helped people grasp
the magnitude of the crisis.
WWF, a science-based organisation, felt it was crucial to update this figure. By
February, we had commissioned scientists to complete a more detailed and
final estimate. Their interim findings, released in this report, are shocking.
Nearly three billion animals were in the path of the flames.
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