The Irwin’s, surviving family members of the famous wildlife adventurer Steve Irwin, have continued his legacy many years after his death by rescuing animals and nursing them back to health.
Bindi Irwin, Steve’s daughter, posted a photo to Instagram this week, announcing that her family has taken in over 90,000 patients to their animal hospitals in Australia, many of which were injured in the wildfires currently sweeping across the country.
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With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much. I wanted to let you know that we are SAFE. There are no fires near us @AustraliaZoo or our conservation properties. Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients. My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honour her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can. 💙🙏🏼
“With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much,” Bindi said in the Instagram post.
Bindi also said that the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has been safe from the fires so far. Bindi’s mother, Terri Irwin, has been in charge of operating the hospital since Steve’s death. On average, the zoo treats about 8,000 sick and injured native animals per year, which is a much smaller number than the volume that they are dealing with in the midst of the current crisis. The Irwin family certainly has their hands full, but luckily they seem up to the challenge.
Terri Irwin made a post on Twitter, thanking all of the supporters of the zoo, and reporting that the nearly 500 staff members at the facilities are safe and currently treating animals.
Thanks to everyone who’s asked how we’re doing in this severe bushfire season. The Sunshine Coast is not currently experiencing any fires. Our 497 staff are SAFE. @AustraliaZoo is SAFE. Our conservation properties are SAFE. We are treating more animals at our Wildlife Hospital. pic.twitter.com/RrcqBQ9UyO
— Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) January 2, 2020
As Truth Theory reported in early January, nearly a half-billion animals are estimated to have been killed in the fires since they began in September.
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To put the current situation into perspective, about 12 million acres have burned so far in the Australian fires. Meanwhile, just over 2 million acres of land have been burned so far during this year’s fires in the Amazon. 2 million acres is certainly still significant, but it is one part of a wider problem that is impacting ecosystems all over the world. The fires have become so large that the resulting smoke has disrupted weather patterns across the continent, and has even caused the glaciers of neighboring New Zealand to turn brown.