Australian government airdrops food to rescue wildlife in fire

On January 13thmedia reported that the Government of New South Wales planned to airdrop 4,000 pounds (about 1.8 tons) of food to help animals in the wildfires, including carrots and sweet potatoes. The report says the ongoing bushfires have killed at least 25 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and killed an estimated 1 billion animals since last September.

Australian government airdrops food to rescue wildlife in fire

To that end, the New South Wales government airdropped 1.8 tonnes of food such as carrot sweet potatoes to help homeless animals in the fires, which are important for endangered species such as brush-tailed possums.

Officials say the food program is designed to help the animals survive and restore their populations to breeding because of the complexity of their future survival in the ongoing wildfires.

Koalas, one of Australia’s hallmarks, have been hit by fire, with about 8000 koalas killed in four months, a third of all koalas on the NSW mid-north coast, or at risk of functional extinction.