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The Australia Koala Foundation reported on Tuesday that the population of these beloved animals is in steep decline in many areas of Australia, and estimates are that only 80,000 remain in the wild, which makes the species “functionally extinct.” There are many causes for the loss in koalas, including climate change, loss of forest habitat, and diseases. Newsweek reported that koala populations have been in decline since 2012, and have been listed as “vulnerable” in Queensland, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory because populations in these regions have declined significantly or are at risk of doing so.
According to Newsweek, the key threats to koalas are increasing for the most part, and the primary threat is habitat loss.
Koala habitat (primarily eucalyptus woodlands and forests) continues to rapidly diminish, and unless it is protected, restore, and expanded there will be no way to reverse the trajectory of the koala.
Research has shown that koala populations in some inland regions of Queensland and New South Wales are affected by climate extremes such as severe droughts and heatwaves and consequently their numbers have declined by as much as 80%.
The Foundation blamed the Australian government for not doing more to protect the koala, saying “[n]o one has written anything to protect the Koala in the last six years of Government.” According to the Foundation, there is currently no legislation, anywhere in the country, that can actually protect Koalas and Koala habitat in Australia because the “vulnerable” listing decision does not trigger protections.
Why This Matters: Saving habitat is crucial for species like the koala. And it is one of the hardest things to get done politically. As the U.N. extinction report makes clear, we are at a critical crossroads and need to educate the public about the extinction crisis now, before it is too late. Koalas and similarly beloved animal species can help get the message across. According to many experts, the answer is clear: protect 30% of the planet for nature by 2030.
What You Can Do: To help koalas, click here. And to learn more about the “30×30 Campaign For Nature”, click here.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is the global authority when it comes to whether a species is at risk of extinction, yesterday added the North Atlantic Right Whale of the eastern U.S. to its list of Critically Endangered species (elevated from Endangered) that are on the brink of extinction. The IUCN also “upgraded” 13 different species of lemurs to the Critically Endangered list along with 20 other lemur species at risk of imminent extinction.
Why This Matters: These species are on the verge of going extinct not because of anything they did, but rather because of us humans.
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