The Reptile Park in New South Wales, Australia has recently announced the birth of the first koala baby since the devastating wildfires that ravaged the country from the last summer into earlier this year.
And they couldn’t had picked a more representative name for the little joey than “Ash” – a symbol of hope for the native Australian wildlife.
In a Facebook post, the park wrote: “We have a very special announcement… Our very first koala of the season has popped out of Mums pouch to say hello! Keepers have decided to name her Ash! Ash is the first koala born at the park since the tragic Australian bushfires and is a sign of hope for the future of Australia’s native wildlife.”
Australia’s wildlife has been devastated by the catastrophic wildfires. For over 240 days since the summer of 2019 until early 2020 the country has constantly fought with the devastating blaze. The consequences have been dramatic for the country’s native wildlife. The ecologists at the University of Sydney said that over one billion animals have died due to the bushfires. Many of these animals was mammals, but other species as birds or reptiles have also been affected. Unfortunately, some of these wild animals had vanished!
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Therefore, the birth of a koala baby means nothing but hope. The hope that the wildlife would eventually recover and the iconic koalas will thrive again given the species has been declared vulnerable as a result of the devastating wildfires. The Reptile Park opened its gates for the public on June 1st!