The current bushfire emergency effect on Sambar Behaviour
Bushfires - Immediate to Long Term Effects
During the 2003 bushfires which burnt 1.3 million hectares of forested mountain country in north east Victoria and Gippsland, the author studied the immediate to long term effects of these fires on Sambar and other wildlife. Errol continued his study during and after the 2006/2007 fires which burnt another 1.2 million hectares throughout the north east and Gippsland. As well as spending countless months on the ground, Errol flew for 2.5 hours over the massive area destroyed by the 2003 fires, and again over the 2006/2007 inferno, during which he took hundreds of photographs which captured the devastating impact.
Errol’s study resulted in the publication of the 45 page chapter Bushfire - Immediate to Long Term Effects in Secrets of the Sambar Volume 2. Aided by photographs, he describes the recycling and regenerating power of nature from the moment everything has been reduced to ash to the succulent and nutritious regrowth which follows. Errol explains the immediate to long term effects on sambar survival, reproduction and antler growth. He also explains that where you will find sambar in the months and years after the fire is determined by the intensity of the burn in that area. In many areas few deer will have been killed, whilst in those which resemble “moonscapes” every creature will have been scorched, some even vaporised.