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Australia | Bushfires may kill as many as 480M animals, researchers estimate

While wildfires in Australia have destroyed homes and claimed lives, they are also taking a toll on the country's ecosystem, possibly wiping out entire species of plants and animals.

The University of Sydney estimated that 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles could be affected by the wildfires, according to News Corp Australia. That includes up to 8,000 koalas, a third of the New South Wales (NSW) mid-north coast population.

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