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Australia is currently experiencing an unprecedented fire season, exacerbated by the warming climate, resulting in unfathomable loss of life and destruction of its wildlife and ecosystems. While firefighters and rescue workers work tirelessly to salvage the remains of their once-flourishing environment, stories of resilience, both animal and human, arise. NATURE is working with a team of producers on the ground to cover the devastating, heroic rescue and recovery stories from Southwest Australia. Follow our coverage to hear some of these stories of dedication, hope and survival.
A baby wombat was saved from the devastating Australian fires.
Caregivers watch over a young lorikeet visibly traumatized by the Australian wildfires.
Watch as a caregiver feeds a joey who was rescued from the wildfires.
A carer carefully attempts to save one of Australia’s venomous snakes, the Tiger snake.
Only around 400 of these glossy black cockatoos existed on Kangaroo Island in Australia before the fires wiped out most of their habitat. We worked with producers on the ground to search for any survivors.
The following photos were taken on the South Coast of Australia the week of January 13, 2020. A selfless animal-lover named Adrina has turned her rural home into a koala sanctuary, where she’s taken in and nursed multiple kangaroos suffering from burnt feet and forelimbs since the fires started.
The following photos are courtesy of Sam, the owner of Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and Lisa Karran, Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network carer, after successfully rescuing joeys stranded in the fire zone.
The following photos of surviving kangaroos on burnt Kangaroo Island are taken by WildBear’s Anja Taylor.
A rescued koala eats. Video courtesy of the Karran family.
A recovering koala rests. Video courtesy of the Karran family.
A resting koala eats. Courtesy of the Karran family.
A flock of rare Glossy Black Cockatoos are spotted on Kangaroo Island after the fires. Only around 400 existed on the island before the fires which wiped out most of their habitat. These trees are their food source.