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An analysis of government development approval registers by the World Wildlife Fund found that between 2010 and 2018, 43,113 hectares of known koala habitat was cleared. Logging and infectious diseases have also depleted NSW’s east coast koala population. Putting koalas on the endangered species list could be an integral step in keeping them from extinction.
Koalas on “Road to Extinction” Adding koalas to the endangered species list would be one step in making sure they survive. Ley told Reuters: “We want to see koala populations recover and we are investing A$24 million ($18 million) in habitat restoration, disease and genome research, population mapping and veterinary support.”
After that, the draft recovery plan dictates that governments should identify important koala populations and habitat to prioritize conservation efforts, invest in revegetation in high-priority areas, dedicate federally-owned land to habitat protection and purchase private land as well.
These measures have been long-awaited among Australia’s environmentalists, making koalas’ inclusion on the endangered species list bittersweet. Stuart Blanch, senior manager at WWF-Australia, told Reuters:”Had Australia put in place an independent compliance agency in 2012 when the koala in eastern Australia was first listed as vulnerable, we could have avoided this day. But we didn’t, we kept on with business as usual.”
Josey Sharrad from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) echoed this sentiment in the Guardian. “It confirms our fears koalas are on the road to extinction and need greater protections if they are going to survive into the future,” she said.
Doing More: Earlier this year, the Australian government was criticized for failing to pass legislation to protect the country’s species. Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate of any country in the world, and the catastrophic bushfires of 2019-20 impacted nearly 3 billion animals and have pushed many more toward extinction.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor According to the Australian Koala Foundation, 30% of the nation’s Koalas have been lost to drought, bushfires, and logging in just three years. The population has dropped to 58,000 from more than 80,000 in 2018, and no regions saw positive population growth. These findings arrive just days after the […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The maned wolf is certainly a unique animal, with long legs, massive ears, and bright red fur. Many might compare it to a fox, but it’s actually South America’s largest canid species. And not only is the maned wolf elusive — it’s endangered. Researchers working with Rewilding Argentina and […]
Today is International Red Panda Day! These iconic and adorable creatures are worth celebrating for many reasons, but they’re also in need of serious protection. This cat-sized, fluffy-tailed animal is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. Climate change and rising temperatures are reducing the red panda’s […]
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