Dr Chris Brown demands the government take action on protecting the vulnerable koala population

Bondi Vet star Dr Chris Brown rips into the government and demand they take action to protect the vulnerable koala population in the wake of the bushfire crisis

Dr Chris Brown has called on the government to take action to protect koala population as the bushfires continue to burn in New South Wales.

The veterinarian-turned-TV presenter took to Instagram to share images of koalas affected by the smoke under the extreme haze in Sydney on Tuesday. 

He demanded politicians put an ‘actual plan’ in place to improve the bushfire crisis, which has been choking the state since November.

Demanding action: Dr Chris Brown took to Instagram on Tuesday to demand the government take action to protect the state's vulnerable koala population in the wake of the bushfire crisis

Demanding action: Dr Chris Brown took to Instagram on Tuesday to demand the government take action to protect the state’s vulnerable koala population in the wake of the bushfire crisis

‘Smoke is still choking NSW weeks after these fires started,’ the former Bondi Vet star wrote. ‘Some of our greatest natural attractions are being turned to ash. While our biggest city is choking on it.’

He explained that the koala population has suffered more than what was first estimated.

‘A parliamentary inquiry into the future of the species has just heard that around 2,000 of these little faces have been lost,’ he wrote. 

'Their future is looking truly dire': The veterinarian-turned-TV presenter took to Instagram to share images of koalas affected by the smoke under the extreme haze in Sydney on Tuesday

‘Their future is looking truly dire’: The veterinarian-turned-TV presenter took to Instagram to share images of koalas affected by the smoke under the extreme haze in Sydney on Tuesday

'Smoke is still choking NSW weeks after these fires started. Some of our greatest natural attractions are being turned to ash. While our biggest city is choking on it' he wrote

‘Smoke is still choking NSW weeks after these fires started. Some of our greatest natural attractions are being turned to ash. While our biggest city is choking on it’ he wrote 

‘With some estimates putting the total population at just 80,000, it's 2.5% of the entire population, gone in the last month. 

‘It's utterly heart-breaking. And sounds the loudest warning yet that their future is looking truly dire.’

He explained that the lack of habitat, lose of genetically diverse breeding populations and the toxicity of the eucalyptus leaves because of the drought are all factors that will impact the future of koalas in the wild over the next 20 years. 

Dr Brown added: ‘But seriously, where's the leadership with an actual plan to improve the situation? Or are extensive fire fronts and our smoke choked cities the new normal?

‘Our country is burning, our iconic animals are disappearing and our cities are gasping for air. At what point do we say enough and demand action?’ 

Prime Minister Scott Morrisson (with Foreign Minister Marise Payne) was slammed for holding a press conference on focused on religious freedom while bushfires caused Sydney's worst-ever smoke day on Tuesday

Prime Minister Scott Morrisson (with Foreign Minister Marise Payne) was slammed for holding a press conference on focused on religious freedom while bushfires caused Sydney’s worst-ever smoke day on Tuesday

This comes after Scott Morrisson was slammed for holding a press conference on focused on religious freedom while bushfires caused Sydney’s worst-ever smoke day on Tuesday.

Firefighter Christopher Nicholls, from Merimbula on the south coast of New South Wales, also urged the Prime Minister to stop offering ‘prayers and thoughts from Hillsong’ and start treating the devastating bushfires ‘like a war’.

‘This is a national emergency, not a minor weather event,’ he wrote. 

New South Wales has been the most severely hit by the bushfires, and ABC News reports that the damage bill across the state and Queensland sits at $145 million.

The Insurance Council of Australia said 1,340 bushfire claims had been handled during the month of November.

New South Wales has been the most severely hit by the bushfires, and ABC News reports that the damage bill across the state and Queensland sits at $145 million

New South Wales has been the most severely hit by the bushfires, and ABC News reports that the damage bill across the state and Queensland sits at $145 million

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