7 animals that may be extinct after the Australian bushfires
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Hip-pocket frog (Assa darlingtoni)
“I think this is the end for a number of species.” Grim words indeed from Sarah Legge, researcher with the Australian National University in speaking to the media about the fires’ impacts on Australia’s animals. One that’s known to have no fire-resistance whatsoever is the hip-pocket frog – so named because of a pocket in which the golden-eyed amphibian carries its tadpoles after they hatch. Massive numbers of them are presumed dead in fires that consumed the Gondwana rainforest, where it needs damp leaf litter in order to survive. And, like all animals in this story, the frog requires immediate and decisive interventions from humans to address the climate change that imperils us all.