Yet Against All Odds, Life Is Returning To Australian Bushlands That Were Devastated By Wildfires

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The Australian wildfires started in July 2019. Since the beginning of the fires, around 17 million acres of land, or more, have burned, 2,000 homes have been destroyed, and 26 people have died. Furthermore, the experts say that over one billion animals, most of them can be found only in Australia, were burnt in the fires.

Moreover, besides the fact that most flora and fauna have died, some of them have experienced a resurrection.

Cyn Bodycote, on her Instagram account, showed the regrowth of some of the vegetation, because she visited the places affected by the fires. She explains, when she took the photos, amazement was the feeling that she felt, but also sadness for the lost.

A new grass tree starts to grow again among the ashes in the Australian mountains. The bushfires damaged the Blue Mountains, located in New South Wales.

Brendan Hurley, a firefighter, said that the communities in the Blue Mountains were faced with fire from one side this week, and with another fire, from another part the next week. It was a hell of a fight. The Blue Mountains are still struggling with fires, but the zones like Blackheath see some recovery.

A green fern stands starkly against the black in the Blackheath woods.
A green fern stands starkly against the burned flora in the Blackheath woods. Kate Geraghty: The Sydney Morning Herald/Getty Images

In the picture, you can see a regrowth of a plant, and it was taken on January 15, in the Blackheath area. The regrowth of the plants was called a miracle. No one will believe in this miracle until they see it. That is something extraordinary because all this happened too fast.

Another recovery process, which is far more significant than the previous one, is happening in Shark Bay, Iluka, in New South Wales.

Regrowth in Shark Bay Iluka, in New South Wales
Shark Bay, Iluka in NSW. Cyn Bodycote

Cyn Bodycote, the person that shares these photos on his Instagram account, visited the Shark Bay burned region, and the recovery is far more significant. She explains that when she saw it, it was hard to take it in.

In the forest that is near the Sidney city, a grass tree steam shows up from the burnt ground. In Australia, all 66 species of grass are unique, and that is the only place where you can find them.

Fresh green grass emerges.
All 66 species of grass trees are only found in Australia. wallix/Getty Images

As we all know, the grass can be found worldwide, but in Australia grow certain species of grass, and they are recovering from the wildfires. The plants which grow three to eighteen feet grow slowly, but they have long lives from 350 up to 450 years. Other plants that survived the wildfires are the Christmas bells, and they are located in Royal National Park, New South Wales. The name of the flowers is given because they look like bells.

Christmas Bells flowers.
Christmas bells flowers are only found in Australia. KarenHBlack/Getty Images

The plants that can only be found in the eastern part of New South Wales, the Broad-leaved drumsticks, are experiencing their resurrection. They represent another proof that the plants can survive fires, and that nothing can stop nature.

Isopogon anemonifolius, commonly known as broad-leaved drumsticks
Broad-leaved drumsticks in the Blue Mountains. Andrew Merry/Getty Images

All the regrowth is a result of the lignotuber process. It represents a woody swelling of the roots to protect the stem of the plant. The eucalyptus tree that is found in Australia starts to regrow in the mountains. More than 700 species of flowering eucalyptus can be found in the Australian region. Something that is typically for Australia is that every state and territory owns a particular representative species of eucalyptus. The plant exists for more than 50 million years, and it contains a lot of medical benefits. It is used as an antiseptic and as an anti-inflammatory ingredient.

A blackened eucalyptus tree shows its capacity for regeneration.
Eucalyptus leaves are a staple of koala diets. Jeff Dowsing/Getty Images

More than a third of the koala population was burnt in the fires, those that survived are recovering. The koalas are recovering in the treatment centers. Besides, in the picture, you can see a koala that is being rehabilitated at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. The koala on the picture originates from the Blue Mountains. While the fires were damaging their homes, it escaped, and it is recovering now.

Koalas saved from the bushfires recover in treatment centers.
Many koalas saved from the bushfires are recovering in treatment centers. Cole Bennetts:The Sydney Morning Herald/Getty Images

Furthermore, in the picture below, you can see how kangaroo is returning to its home on the Australian Kangaroo Island.

A kangaroo returns to his burnt home.
A kangaroo returns to his burned home on Kangaroo Island. Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Kangaroo Island was affected by the wildfires, and it was damaged. That is the third largest island in Australia. But, the worst day was January 4, when the bushfires started with the damaging process of this beautiful island. Sam Mitchell runs this place, and he stayed with the animals when the wildfires arrived.

Sam Mitchell speaks for BBC:

“We decided that if we can’t move them, we’ll see if we can save them. We had the army helping us. Somehow, we were spared. It burnt right around us.”

A baby kangaroo is happy to have survived.
A baby kangaroo is happy to have survived. Safeed Khan/Getty Images
A wallaby stands with her joey.
Wallabies are marsupials like kangaroos. Capstoc/Getty Images

The Wildlife centers were the crucial thing that saved so many animals, and for their recovery.

Conservationists work with young orphaned kangaroos.
Volunteers are making all the difference for the continent’s wildlife. Saeed Khan/Getty Images

The volunteers were working tirelessly, and because of them, so many animals survived and are recovering from the fires. Also, nowadays, when the fires are stabilized, a rescue crew is searching for survived animals near the Cann River, Australia.

The disaster that affected Australia will experience a resurrection period, thanks to the government, too, because they created a National Bushfire Recovery Fund. The fund had an initial $2 billion, and the agency will help with the rebuilding efforts right after the wildfires.

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