The hellish summer of bushfires in southeast Australia triggered global concern for our iconic mammals. Donations flooded in from at home and around the world to help protect furry species.
But there’s a risk the government and public responses will not see the fish for the koalas.
Of the 113 priority fauna species identified by the federal government as worst impacted by bushfires, 61 (54%) are freshwater species that live in or around our inland rivers, such as fish, frogs, turtles and the iconic platypus. MORE
Header image: Bushfire silt clogging the usually pristine Tambo river in the Victorian high country in January. Credit: David Crosling/AAP.