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Friends, I haven’t been handling this bushfire crisis very well. As an animal lover, the sheer enormity of the destruction has made me feel really low. I know these feelings aren’t special – folks all over the world are reeling from this loss. But the fires WILL go out at some point, and what happens then? I’ve spent the past few days chatting to some experts and making a podcast to find out. And what they’ve told me has given me some comfort. I hope this episode will give you some, too. World leading ecologist Professor Christopher Dickman talks us through the possibility of extinction, the specific behaviours of fire-affected animals, how our city critters are coping with the smoke, and most inspiringly, explains how our bush will rebuild itself. He also speaks about some pretty cool little animals you’ve probably never even heard of, explains what’s happening with our bats/flying foxes, potoroos, and the resilience of our wildlife. Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner explains the reality of life for our koalas after the fires – including the amazing project he’s working on that’ll keep them safe for decades to come. And wildlife legend Chad Staples, who saved the animals at Mogo Wildlife Park, talks through not only how the rescue unfolded, but also their epic plans for native animals later this year. While most of what’s happening is hard to accept, knowing we will literally rise from the ashes has made me feel stronger. I hope you’ll find some comfort in what these guys have to say. I did. Big love to all 💚
I have thousands of feelings, but have run out of words. So much horror. 💔 If you'd like to help our wildlife, please consider supporting WIRES: www.wires.org.au/donate/emergency-fund
This subadult Moria fella was hanging with his mum and a couple of cubs when we found them chilling. But it wasn't until I was going through my pics afterwards that I noticed his goat-ish pupil (zoom in for a closer look at it). Reckon he can see out of that? From my trip to Kapama, South Africa, in Sept.
Humpie fist pump, snapped somewhere off the NSW coast during this year's whale season. The humpback's pectoral fin is about a third of the length of the whale's body and it's how they get their Latin name - megaptera novaeangliae - which translates to 'big wings of New England'. Kinda explains why they think they can fly too