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Rare species wiped out following devastating fires in South Australia

Kangaroo Island is renowned for its native wildlife — the koalas are disease-free, the bees create the purest honey and it is home to one of Australia’s rarest marsupials.But bushfires that ravaged the 4,400-square-kilometre island have left wildlife experts concerned about the future of some of its threatened species. About a third of the island has been charred. The fire has devastated the Flinders Chase National Park, which is home to koalas, kangaroos, rare birds and marsupials. Threatened Species Recovery Hub deputy director John Woinarski — who is also a professor at Charles Darwin University — said the fires across Australia had been a “holocaust of destruction” for wildlife. “There’s almost no considerable habitat remaining for many species. That leads to local extinction events,” he said. “Places like Kangaroo Island, where much of the landscape has been burnt in a really homogenous and extreme manner, that may mean some of the plant and animal species … may have been eliminated completely. “Certainly, their population liability would have crashed for many of these species and their risk of extinction has been substantially increased.”

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