The Great Koala Rescue Operation

Ceridwen's article 'The Great Koala Resue' for the Smithsonian Magazine, documenting her visit to the people struggling to rescue wildlife – including wallabies, kangaroos, possums and koala – on Kangaroo Island following the Black Summer fires, which consumed close to half the island. Wildlife experts worried that certain vulnerable species endemic to the island, such as the glossy black-cockatoo and a mouse-like marsupial known as the Kangaroo Island dunnart, might be lost forever.

The thumbnail image for this post is a photograph by David Maruice Smith.