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In the 2019-2020 dry season, record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought fueled massive bushfires across Australia. Nationwide, more than 12 million hectares burned – an area as large as England. As well as claiming the lives of at least 25 people, the fires have had a catastrophic impact on Australian wildlife. One estimate suggests that, in the state of New South Wales alone, more than 800 million animals have been affected. If the states of Victoria and South Australia are included, the figure rises to over one billion...

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A mother Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) and her joey, surrounded by burnt trees. Survivors of a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020. - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / A mother Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) and her joey, surrounded by burnt trees. Survivors of a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020.
Bushfire in spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) forest on the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia. January 2020. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Bushfire in spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) forest on the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
Forest surrounding Mallacoota, Australia, destroyed by bushfires. January 2020 - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Forest surrounding Mallacoota, Australia, destroyed by bushfires. January 2020
A lone wallaby in a burnt forest in Mallacoota forages for fungi growing from the forest floor. Australia, January 2020 - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / A lone wallaby in a burnt forest in Mallacoota forages for fungi growing from the forest floor. Australia, January 2020
Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) in a burnt forest in Mallacoota forages for fungi growing from the forest floor. Australia, January 2020 - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) in a burnt forest in Mallacoota forages for fungi growing from the forest floor. Australia, January 2020
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) female and her joey who survived a bushfire cross a road in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020 - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) female and her joey who survived a bushfire cross a road in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020
Burnt out watch out for wildlife sign and burnt trees on the Bruthen-Buchan Road, South Buchan. This area was burnt during the November /Dec 2019 fires.? Victoria, Australia. January, 2020 - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Burnt out watch out for wildlife sign and burnt trees on the Bruthen-Buchan Road, South Buchan. This area was burnt during the November /Dec 2019 fires.? Victoria, Australia. January, 2020
Veterinarians Elaine Ong and Chris Barton of ^Vets For Compassion^ sedate a severely injured joey to make an assessment. This joey was badly burnt in a bushfire that ripped through the Mallacoota area... - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Veterinarians Elaine Ong and Chris Barton of ^Vets For Compassion^ sedate a severely injured joey to make an assessment. This joey was badly burnt in a bushfire that ripped through the Mallacoota area...
A deer who died in a bushfires in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020 - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / A deer who died in a bushfires in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020
Dead deer who died in a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020 - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Dead deer who died in a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020
Dead kangaroo killed by a bushfire in the Buchan area, Australia, January 2020 - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Dead kangaroo killed by a bushfire in the Buchan area, Australia, January 2020
Sheep graze on land scorched by a bushfire in the Buchan area, Australia, January 2020 - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Sheep graze on land scorched by a bushfire in the Buchan area, Australia, January 2020
A dead sheep killed by a bushfire in the Buchan area, Australia, January 2020 - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / A dead sheep killed by a bushfire in the Buchan area, Australia, January 2020
Cows stand on land scorched by bushfire in the Corryong area, Australia. January 2020 - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Cows stand on land scorched by bushfire in the Corryong area, Australia. January 2020
Dead trees continue to burn long after a bushfire has swept through forest in New South Wales, Australia. December 2019. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Dead trees continue to burn long after a bushfire has swept through forest in New South Wales, Australia. December 2019.
Dead trees continue to burn long after a bushfire has swept through forest in New South Wales, Australia. December 2019. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Dead trees continue to burn long after a bushfire has swept through forest in New South Wales, Australia. December 2019.
Bushfire in spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) forest on the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia. January 2020. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Bushfire in spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) forest on the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
Jeremy Jenkins, seeing his house for the first time after the 2019 / 2020 wildfires destroyed much of the the town of Sarsfield,Victoria, Australia. January, 2020. Editorial use only - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Jeremy Jenkins, seeing his house for the first time after the 2019 / 2020 wildfires destroyed much of the the town of Sarsfield,Victoria, Australia. January, 2020. Editorial use only
A gutted train cafe in the main street of Cobargo, New South Wales, Australia. Damage caused by December 2019 bushfires. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / A gutted train cafe in the main street of Cobargo, New South Wales, Australia. Damage caused by December 2019 bushfires.
The remains of the main street after a bushfire in Cobargo, NSW, Australia. Two people perished on New Years Eve 2019, and one later died in hospital. January 2020. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / The remains of the main street after a bushfire in Cobargo, NSW, Australia. Two people perished on New Years Eve 2019, and one later died in hospital. January 2020.
Forest fire on ridge near Clyde River, New South Wales, Australia. December 2019. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Forest fire on ridge near Clyde River, New South Wales, Australia. December 2019.
Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade patrolling a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade patrolling a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
A member of the Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade patrolling a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / A member of the Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade patrolling a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
A member of the Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade lights up a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / A member of the Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade lights up a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
Members of the Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade light up a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Members of the Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade light up a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
A member of the Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade lights up a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / A member of the Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade lights up a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
The smoke from underground peat continuing to burn rises into the air at Sarsfield, days after bushfires destroyed much of the town and native habitat. Sarsfield, Victoria, Australia. January, 2020 - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / The smoke from underground peat continuing to burn rises into the air at Sarsfield, days after bushfires destroyed much of the town and native habitat. Sarsfield, Victoria, Australia. January, 2020
Farmland in the wake of a bushfire near Cobargo, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Farmland in the wake of a bushfire near Cobargo, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
Burned forest and road sign in Mallacoota, Australia. This area was devastated by the bushfire a month before this image was taken, leaving much of the native wildlife suffering from traumatic injurie... - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Burned forest and road sign in Mallacoota, Australia. This area was devastated by the bushfire a month before this image was taken, leaving much of the native wildlife suffering from traumatic injurie...
Blackened trees and scorched tree ferns in Monga National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Damage caused by the December 2019 - January 2020 bushfires. Stressed trees have dropped scorched leaves ont... - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Blackened trees and scorched tree ferns in Monga National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Damage caused by the December 2019 - January 2020 bushfires. Stressed trees have dropped scorched leaves ont...
Eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) drinking from bird bath as a bushfire burns in the surrounding forest. Sky reddened by ash and smoke. Tathra, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020. - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) drinking from bird bath as a bushfire burns in the surrounding forest. Sky reddened by ash and smoke. Tathra, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
Bushfire in a moist gully near the Clyde River, New South Wales, Australia. This wet gully is normally resistant to fire but has succumbed after months of severe drought and record-breaking temperatur... - David Gallan
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David Gallan / Bushfire in a moist gully near the Clyde River, New South Wales, Australia. This wet gully is normally resistant to fire but has succumbed after months of severe drought and record-breaking temperatur...
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has come down from a tree after a bush fire and is walking across burnt ground, is collected by Forest and Wildlife Officer Lachlan Clarke. Gelantipy, Victoria, Aus... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has come down from a tree after a bush fire and is walking across burnt ground, is collected by Forest and Wildlife Officer Lachlan Clarke. Gelantipy, Victoria, Aus...
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has come down from a tree after a bush fire in the area, sits on the burnt ground. Gelantipy, Victoria, Australia. January 2020 - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has come down from a tree after a bush fire in the area, sits on the burnt ground. Gelantipy, Victoria, Australia. January 2020
Forest and Wildlife officers do a preliminary health check on a Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has been brought down from a tree to be checked for burns and weight after a bush fire in the area.~... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Forest and Wildlife officers do a preliminary health check on a Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has been brought down from a tree to be checked for burns and weight after a bush fire in the area.~...
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that was been captured for a health check following bush fires in the area, is held and checked by Forest and Wildlife officer Lachlan Clarke. After an initial assessmen... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that was been captured for a health check following bush fires in the area, is held and checked by Forest and Wildlife officer Lachlan Clarke. After an initial assessmen...
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that was found walking across burnt ground after a fire, is collected by Forest and Wildlife Lachlan Clarke, (right), assisted by a member of the Australian Defence Forc... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that was found walking across burnt ground after a fire, is collected by Forest and Wildlife Lachlan Clarke, (right), assisted by a member of the Australian Defence Forc...
Forest and wildlife officer (assisted by members of the Australian Defence Force) transfers a Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has been captured for a health check following bush fires in the area,... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Forest and wildlife officer (assisted by members of the Australian Defence Force) transfers a Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has been captured for a health check following bush fires in the area,...
'Cherry picker' ascends with a Forest and Wildlife officer to collect a Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) from the tree so it can have a health check following bush fires in the area. Gelantipy, Vict... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / 'Cherry picker' ascends with a Forest and Wildlife officer to collect a Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) from the tree so it can have a health check following bush fires in the area. Gelantipy, Vict...
Forest and Wildlife officer collecting a koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) from a tree using a rope so it can have a health check following bush fires in the area. Gelantipy, Victoria, Australia. January... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Forest and Wildlife officer collecting a koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) from a tree using a rope so it can have a health check following bush fires in the area. Gelantipy, Victoria, Australia. January...
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has been captured for a health check following bush fires in the area, in crate prior to transport to the Bairnsdale wildlife triage centre - which had been set up... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has been captured for a health check following bush fires in the area, in crate prior to transport to the Bairnsdale wildlife triage centre - which had been set up...
Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) injured in a bushfire are transported to an RSPCA triage site in Bairnsdale, Victoria, where they will receive treatment for burns as well as smoke inhalation and dehyd... - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) injured in a bushfire are transported to an RSPCA triage site in Bairnsdale, Victoria, where they will receive treatment for burns as well as smoke inhalation and dehyd...
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) injured in a bushfire is transported to an RSPCA triage site in Bairnsdale, Victoria, where it will receive treatment for burns as well as smoke inhalation and dehydrati... - Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) injured in a bushfire is transported to an RSPCA triage site in Bairnsdale, Victoria, where it will receive treatment for burns as well as smoke inhalation and dehydrati...
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has been captured for a health check following bush fires in the area, is transported in a crate to a vehicle by members of the Australian Defence Force. It will th... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has been captured for a health check following bush fires in the area, is transported in a crate to a vehicle by members of the Australian Defence Force. It will th...
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a cage at the Mallacoota wildlife triage centre (which was a public hall until the fires). This Koala is being treated for burns. Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia. Jan... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a cage at the Mallacoota wildlife triage centre (which was a public hall until the fires). This Koala is being treated for burns. Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia. Jan...
Rena Gaborov feeding some of her eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) orphans in her mother's shed. Rena and her partner Joseph had to evacuate their wildlife (wombats, possums and kangaroos) fr... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Rena Gaborov feeding some of her eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) orphans in her mother's shed. Rena and her partner Joseph had to evacuate their wildlife (wombats, possums and kangaroos) fr...
Rena Gaborov feeding some of her eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) orphans in her mother's shed. Rena and her partner Joseph had to evacuate their wildlife (wombats, possums and kangaroos) fr... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Rena Gaborov feeding some of her eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) orphans in her mother's shed. Rena and her partner Joseph had to evacuate their wildlife (wombats, possums and kangaroos) fr...
A male bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) cared for by Rena Gaborov - wildlife rescuer and carer - in Renas mothers lounge. Rena and her partner Joseph had to evacuate their wildlife (wombats, possu... - Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A male bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) cared for by Rena Gaborov - wildlife rescuer and carer - in Renas mothers lounge. Rena and her partner Joseph had to evacuate their wildlife (wombats, possu...
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