LOOK: Birth of First Koala Since the Devastating Bushfires Brings Hope for the Future of Wildlife

To a wildlife park, the birth of a koala has become a beacon of hope months after the Australian bushfires ravaged the habitat of over a billion native animals in the country.

In a video posted online, the Australian Reptile Park located near Sydney, New South Wales celebrated the arrival of its first baby koala since the catastrophic event.

“We have a very special announcement… Our very first koala of the season has popped out of Mums pouch to say hello!” the post read.

“Keepers have decided to name her Ash! Ash is the first koala born at the park since the tragic Australian bushfires and is a sign of hope for the future of Australia’s native wildlife.”

The park is set to open its doors next week after a period of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

1.25 billion animals perished from the devastating bushfires that lasted from the latter half of 2019 to the beginning of 2020. At least 5,000 koalas have died and the species is now facing the threat of becoming endangered.

(ALSO READ: 5,000 Koalas Die in Australian Bushfires, and People Want Them Declared Endangered)

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