The fires between late 2019 and early 2020 in Australia devastated koalas, killing thousands of koalas, now in danger of extinction, also destroying hectares of eucalyptus forests. An hell: only 35,000 koalas remain today, and they are in danger of extinction.
According to the WWF Impacts of the unprecedented 2019-2020 bushfires on Australian animals report, a 72% reduction in the number of specimens is estimated in six areas of the north coast of Australia. The worst koala losses were recorded on Kangaroo Island, with 40,000 individuals potentially affected, and in the forests of Victoria, where 11,000 of these precious marsupials lived.
Other koala populations were brought to their knees by fire in New South Wales, where around 8,000 koalas were involved in the fires, then killed or injured. WWF study said: "This already endangered marsupial, once abundant in the continent's eucalyptus forests, has been decimated by habitat loss, the spread of diseases and the increasingly intense and frequent extreme climatic events in recent years, which have caused record periods of drought and fires.
Global warming is a continuing threat. Along with deforestation: every year, between 300,000 and 500,000 hectares of native forest and woodlands are cleared across Australia. Thus, the Koalas project interventions In addition to the construction of new veterinary clinics, Forever provides for the restoration of the koala habitat.
Other resources will also be used for the use of dogs for the detection of injured koalas and genetic mapping."
Scorpions are at risk of extinction due to their poison
In a study published in BioOne claims that all the scorpions on the planet are in danger of extinction due to human activity, and that in addition to the destruction of habitat, their survival is at risk because they possess a very precious resource and for which a real gold rush has been unleashed.
Scorpion venom is specialty. These are very complex substances that are often used in biomedical research, so much so that the breeding of scorpions for the purpose of milking poison is a very important activity for the pharmaceutical industry.
The official farms have an approach based on sustainability, but in recent years these have been accompanied by a black market for farmed scorpions, with real illegal farms that they are fed with specimens captured in the wild, and therefore stolen from the ecosystem.
The study reads that in Iran the rumor has spread, via social media, according to which a liter of scorpion poison can be resold for 10 million dollars; this blew up illegal farms across the country, and made tens of thousands of animals disappear from circulation.