Our Wildlife is Under Attack!

Australia is currently suffering from severe wildfires that are wiping their animal populations and have even caused some to grow close to extinction.

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Australia is currently suffering from severe wildfires that are wiping their animal populations and have even caused some to grow close to extinction.

Chaselyn Phillips

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Have you ever imagined what our world would be like without the environment that surrounds it? Currently, Australia is battling devastating wildfires that have killed millions of animals and damaged its environment tremendously. Australia will suffer from the devastation of the wildfires for years to come.

Eighteen million acres of land has been burned, and the loss of animal life is said to be over 480 million. These animals include birds, reptiles, insects, frogs, kangaroos, and koalas. These kangaroos and koalas are being killed by direct contact with the fires. There are populations of other species that are much smaller and in danger of being wiped out completely by such dangerous conditions. The animals will continue to struggle to recover until their habitats are restored, which will take years to complete.

These wildfires have been raging across Australia since September but have just recently been opened up to everyone’s attention. It was first believed that the cause of the wildfires was strictly climate change but has since been decided that the fires were set intentionally. Over two dozen people have been accused of starting these wildfires that have harmed Australia’s land and animals: 24 people charged with deliberately lighting bushfires, 53 that failed to comply with the fire ban, and 47 who discarded a lit cigarette or match. One of the many accused was a 19 year old volunteer firefighter who had countless events of suspicious behavior during each fire.

These wildfires should be a reminder to each and every person of how precious our environment really is. Each and every animal species could vanish from all existence in a blink of an eye. Everyone should take the necessary precautions needed to not only protect the wildlife around us but also our entire world.