Australia wildfires: Entire species may have been wiped out by inferno, conservationists say

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Populations of small marsupials called dunnarts and glossy black cockatoos may have been destroyed in the fires that burned a third of Kangaroo Island, experts say.

Conservationists and wildlife experts are anxious that raging bushfires sweeping through Australia have resulted in “catastrophic losses”, amid fears an entire species may have been wiped out.

A horse tries to run away from bushfires in Australia.
A state of emergency was declared in New South Wales and parts of Victoria, with officials warning of an “unprecedented fire danger.” Getty Images

Kangaroo Island, located off the country’s southern coast and home to the dunnarts, is known as Australia’s answer to the Galapagos Islands – but what remains has been described as a “scorched wasteland”. See The Independent for the full story: