Steve Irwin's Family Rescues 90,000th Animal Amidst Australia Wildfires

Thursday, 09 Jan, 2020

Steve's daughter Bindi led the family in continuing her father's legacy of rescuing and conserving wildlife and has given sanctuary to the displaced animals at the family zoo since the fires broke out in September.

On January 4, Irwin took to Instagram to let her followers know that she and her family were safe yet deep in the trenches to save as many animals as possible. "Ollie" the orphaned platypus is receiving round the clock care until he can be released back to the wild", Robert wrote, also noting the drought that was encompassing the region.

"The bushfires that we're seeing at the moment are unlike anything in Australia's history and they're some of the biggest in the world", Robert explains. This week, we treated our 90,000th patient. Bindi ends the post by explaining, "My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my lovely grandmother".

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the 21-year-old posted a heartfelt message, along with three sweet images of the tiny animals all wrapped up in colourful blankets at the zoo infirmary. "Hundreds of grey-headed flying foxes, a species listed as vulnerable, have been flown to Queensland after the rescue center they were recovering in was at risk from fire and evacuated".

They also rescued Blossom the possum who eventually died despite the hospital trying their level best to save her.

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Australia's minister for the environment, Sussan Ley, stated that up to 30 percent of the koala population in New South Wales' mid-north coast may have been killed. Some experts have suggested that human-caused climate change is worsening the impact of the wildfires.

Scientists say there's no doubt man-made climate change has played a major role in feeding the fires, along with factors like very dry brush and trees and strong winds. "Through influencing temperature, environmental moisture, weather patterns and fuel conditions".

Now Australia's most well-known wildlife warrior family has shared some good news during an otherwise miserable start to 2020.

Last week, ecologists from the University of Sydney warned that as many 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles could have died in the fires, which are still tearing through the country.