The Australian bushfire crisis has affected countless humans and animals in New South Wales and Victoria. Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes. While millions of more animals remain stranded in this state of emergency, with as many as a billion estimated to have perished.
‘Rock Wallaby’ is a food-drop initiative by the New South Wales government. The NSW government is distributing thousands of kilograms of carrots and sweet potatoes from the sky to help the stranded animals. More than 2,200 kg (4850 lbs) of fresh veggies have been dropped for the critters from planes riding from above.
New South Wales Environment Minister Matt Kean shared, “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.”
An additional aide organization, Animals Australia, has also been flying in supplies to the wildlife in Mallacoota.
The World Wildlife Fund has estimated about 1.25 billion animals have died directly or indirectly from the bushfires across the country. The fires have burnt 8.4 million hectares across Australia (equivalent to the whole of the country of Austria). The food drops will continue in the Capertree and Wolgan valleys, Yengo National Park, the Kangaroo Valley and around Jenolan, Oxley Wild Rivers and Currancubundi national parks.