In a bid to reduce the amount of damage caused by the Australian wildfires, along with saving as many animals as possible, the New South Wales (NSW) government has implemented operation Rock Wallaby.
According to BBC, almost 480-million animals have lost their lives in the raging Australian wildfires, and thousands more have been left stranded to try and survive in destroyed environments. Chief among the stranded animals are the wallabies, a mid-sized macropod native to Australia.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean, said “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.”
NSW Fires: Staff from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife conducted a food drop for brush-tailed rock wallaby colonies across the state yesterday. Sweet potato and carrots were dropped as part of ‘Operation Rock Wallaby’. https://t.co/OF81oZFF1j #NSWfires #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/yw0YxJm0PN
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) January 12, 2020
This is where operation Rock Wallaby came into play. On January 11 volunteers and government officials took to the skies to drop over 1,000 Kg of carrots and sweet potatoes across different colonies in a bid to provide some much need food for the wallabies.
“The provision of supplementary food is one of the key strategies we are deploying to promote the survival and recovery of endangered species like the brush-tailed rock-wallaby,” Kean said. He also went on to mention that the NSW will be setting up trail cameras to “monitor the uptake of the food and the number and variety of animals there.”
Operation Rock Wallaby is scheduled to continue until the affected habitats regain enough moisture to sustain life and re-grow lost plant life.
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