In the wild fires that have been raging through out Australia, many animals lost their homes and sources of food. Animals have become stranded and hungry. So it’s been a literal blessing from the skies when the New South Wales government commissioned the service “operation Rock Wallaby”.
With this operation the colonies of wild animals get a chance to survive.
Matt Kean, environment minister for New South Wales, said to MailOnline:
“The wallabies typically survive the fire itself, but are then left stranded with limited natural food as the fire takes out the vegetation around their rocky habitat.
The wallabies were already under stress from the ongoing drought, making survival challenging for the wallabies without assistance.
When we can, we are also setting up cameras to monitor the uptake of the food and the number and variety of animals there.”
It’s essential according to Kean that an eye will be kept on the rock wallabies and other wild life. Just to make sure they make a full recovery after the fires.
According to World Wildlife Fund a heartbreaking amount of nearly 1.25 billion animals have perished due to the fires. The loss includes thousands of precious koalas on the mid-north coast of NSW, along with other iconic species such as kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, potoroos, cockatoos and honeyeaters.
Even before the fires the rock wallaby was already ‘at risk’ due to the destruction of their habitat.
So these beautiful initiatives are essential for The Australian wild life and especially the rock wallaby.
Lyn White, spokeswoman for ‘Animals Australia’ stated:
“With roads likely shut for weeks, the risk of starvation for surviving wildlife in the area is very real. It would be tragic if there was a further loss of life because the needs of surviving animals was not being met. We are trying to ensure that the surviving wildlife doesn’t die from lack of food.”