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Almost 3 Billion Animals Affected by Australia's Summer Fires: Report

By Kyodo News 29 July 2020

SYDNEY—Nearly 3 billion animals were killed or otherwise impacted by Australia’s devastating 2019-2020 summer bushfires, an interim report commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature showed on Tuesday.

The figure—comprising 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds and 51 million frogs—is almost three times larger than the original estimate of over 1 billion animals, made in January by University of Sydney professor and report overseer Chris Dickman.

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