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July 28, 2020 - Aljazeera

Nearly 3 billion animals killed or displaced by Australia fires

Nearly 3 billion animals killed or displaced by Australia fires
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Devastating blazes in late 2019 and early 2020 described as one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history.

Nearly three billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia's devastating wildfires in 2019 and 2020, according to a new report, with experts calling it "one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history".

The study, released on Tuesday by scientists from several Australian universities, said 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds, 143 million mammals and 51 million frogs were harmed in the blazes that ripped through the country.

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