New figures from specialists in Australia suggest that the number of animals that have been killed by the bushfires has exceeded one billion.
“The original figure – the 480m – was based on mammals, birds, and reptiles for which we do have densities, and that figure now is a little bit out of date. It’s over 800m given the extent of the fires now – in New South Wales alone.
there are thankfully still a rare few positives to take from the situation, with volunteers coming together to try to do their bit to help.
The world has struggled to take in the scale of destruction caused by Australia’s worst wildfire season on record, with pictures of the sky turning a blazing red likened to apocalyptic horror films.