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Nearly 500 million animals could have been killed in Australian bushfires


Wildfires have been devastating much of Australia since September, with 12.35 million acres burned nationwide, nine people killed and more than 1,000 homes destroyed. And they show no signs of stopping, with more than 100 blazes still burning as of Friday.

And while koalas have found themselves the focus of much of the global response, the fires have been devastating for nearly all of Australia's wildlife. 

Ecologists at the University of Sydney are now estimating that as many as 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have been killed, directly or indirectly, by the fires.