Ash, the first koala born this season at the Australian Reptile Park, is "a sign of hope for the future of Australia's native wildlife," park officials say, and burned koalas treated at a koala hospital in New South Wales have been returned to the wild. Large, widespread wildfires in late 2019 and early 2020 killed at least 5,000 koalas, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, raising the risk of extinction.
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