Robert Irwin was seen choking up whilst discussing the bushfires in Australia and their effect on the wildlife.
Speaking on Sunrise alongside his mum Terri, the emotional 16-year-old Robert said: “It’s definitely an ongoing issue and we’re just trying to do our best to help in any way we can.
“But it’s a pretty tough situation. We’re absolutely heartbroken.”
Terri then expanded on the issue and explained why the fires have had a particularly devastating effect on the koala population.
She said: “The consideration with koalas is that their instinct is to go up, safety is in the top of the tree, and with a hot fire, eucalyptus trees have so much oil in their leaves they actually ignite and explode. So being able to treat koalas is few and far between because they’re basically incinerated, which is absolutely heartbreaking.
“But now is the time we need to look at more than just setting aside habitat. Koalas are classed as vulnerable and I think that after this event we need to really sit down and look at classing them as endangered and protecting our icons, our kangaroos, our koalas.”
Bindi Irwin announced in an Instagram post last week that the family’s wildlife hospital had helped treat more than 90,000 animals.
The post read: “With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much. I wanted to let you know that we are SAFE. There are no fires near us @AustraliaZoo or our conservation properties. Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients.
“My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honour her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can.”
What a family. What great work they’re doing. We’re hoping the crisis in Australia comes to an end very soon.