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Source: Sunrise

Robert Irwin held back tears while talking about impact of Australia bushfires


Australia has been devastated by wildfires for months now. At least 25 people have been killed, and more than 12.35 million acres burned nationwide. But those feeling the worse effects of the bushfires are Australia's wildlife.

According to estimates by ecologist Chris Dickman from the University of Sydney, over 1 billion animals have been killed since fires began. That figure includes 800 million mammals, birds, and reptiles. 

Among those killed are at least 8,000 koalas who are believed to have perished in New South Wales, a third of the state's pre-fire population. Nationwide, 25,000 koalas may have perished.