Koala Population Threatened in Parts of Australia

Koala populations in Queensland and New South Wales have declined by as much as 40% in the past two decades, prompting Australia to declare the koala a threatened species in those areas. By classifying the gentle marsupials as vulnerable, the government affords them some measure of protection from threats like habitat loss and urban expansion. Vehicle strikes, dog attacks, and disease have also taken a toll on koala populations. Some conservationists argue that more needs to be done to protect the koalas and that all of Australia’s koalas should be classified as vulnerable. More… Discuss

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