Australia Thousands of kilograms of carrots and potatoes for hungry animals
n a very good initiative, the Australian government used planes to drop thousands of kilograms of carrots and sweet potatoes to hungry wild animals caught in the middle of the Australian forest fire crisis, this incentive port named “Rock Wallaby” which aims to feed the wallabie colonies of the state’s rocks and help the population of marsupials survives.
Lately, the mission began with food collection in the Capertree and Wolgan valleys by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of New South Wales, Yengo National Park, Kangaroo Valley and around Jenolan National Parks, Oxley Wild Rivers and Currancubundi. So far, they have dropped more than 2,200 kg of fresh vegetables for animals living below.
NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean said in a statement that although the animals managed to escape the fires, they are now outside their natural habitat without food.
Wallabies were already affected by the ongoing drought, making their survival difficult without outside help. Kean went on to say that they will keep an eye on the wallabies to observe their progress in the post-fire recovery process.
This comforting project comes after the World Wildlife Fund estimated that about 1.25 billion animals died, directly or indirectly, from forest fires.
In a statement, WWF Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said: “This heartbreaking loss includes thousands of precious koalas on the North Shore of New South Wales, as well as other iconic species such as kangaroos, wallabies, flying phalanxes, potorous, cockatoos and melisphages.”
The rock wallaby was already considered an “endangered” species before the fires due to habitat destruction.
Meanwhile, Animals Australia has been working hard using planes to transport food for wild animals that have been burned and injured in forest fires in Victoria. The charity used donations from the public to rent small planes and fill them with bags of grain and pellets to distribute to wildlife in the area through Vets for Compassion.