A zoo in Miami has named a baby koala 'Hope' to honour the animals that have died in the ongoing bushfires in Australia. The baby koala that was born in May last year came out of its mother's pouch on January 10. According to local media reports, the baby koala is bonding well with its mother. The Miami Zoo said that this was the first time in 28 years that a surviving koala was born in the wildlife park.
According to media reports, Miami Zoo has donated $10,000 to Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund to help animals in Australia. Miami Zoo's conservation expert said that koalas feed on eucalyptus trees which are prone to fire. Koalas cannot run like kangaroos, hence most of them fell victim to the wildfires.
For the third time in the zoo’s history and the first time in over 28 years, a surviving koala has been born at the zoo!!— Zoo Miami (@zoomiami) January 9, 2020
Though the actual “birth” took place May 30th of last year, it was only yesterday that the joey first came completely out of the pouch! ♥️
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According to Steven Selwood of South Australia Veterinary Emergency Management, there are only 9,000 koalas remaining out of the 46,000 that were thought to be on the island before this year's bushfire. The bushfire this season is seemingly unprecedented as an estimated 480 million animals and 1,000 homes have been affected by the inferno.
Australia has been gripped by ravaging bushfire since September last year and the damage has been so dreadful that it is being dubbed as the worst in recorded history. Animal protection groups from across the globe are involved in the rescue and recovery process of wildlife in Australia. Animal welfare groups like Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) and Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) are helping towards the process and accepting donations on their official websites.