7 animals that may be extinct after the Australian bushfires
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Long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus)
Australia already had the highest rate of extinction in the world – 34 species and subspecies have gone extinct in the last 200 years, per estimates by Chris Dickman, PhD, an expert on Australian biodiversity at the University of Sydney. And the devastation seems on track to continue with this season’s bushfires. The long-nosed potoroo, a type of truffle-eating wallaby that’s a denizen of the country’s biodiverse forests and was already listed as vulnerable, is of particular concern; October fires wiped out an especially vibrant habitat that succored them in New South Wales, according to Science. No potoroos have been seen in the region since.