Between mid-2019 and early 2020, a wave of forest fires was recorded in Australia, mainly affecting the animal population and its habitat.
According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF, for its acronym in English) in a report, approximately three billion animals were those who lost their lives as a result of the flames or were displaced due to the incident.
This figure is made up of some 143 million that correspond to mammal species, 2,460 million to reptiles, 180 million to birds and 51 million to amphibians, whose total triples the numbers that were delivered in January, when it was estimated that the affected species exceeded a billion.
What Did The Specialists Say?
The executive director of the Australian-based entity, Dermot O’Gorman, said: “The report’s findings are shocking. It is difficult to think of another natural event in the world that is remembered to have displaced so many animals. This is considered to be one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history. ”
The report’s author, Dr. Lily van Eeden, said, “We believe that an assessment across the continent of the number of animals that could be affected in Australia or anywhere else in the world has never been done before.”