22 Sep '11, 10am

Fears for koalas as study reveals 'marked decline'

Fears for koalas as study reveals 'marked decline'

Australia's much-loved koala is under increasing threat and should be considered a vulnerable species, an official report found on Thursday, with habitat loss seeing their numbers plunge. -- PHOTO: AP SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's much-loved koala is under increasing threat and should be considered a vulnerable species, an official report found on Thursday, with habitat loss seeing their numbers plunge. The furry native marsupial has experienced a 'marked decline' as the species faced down threats on a range of fronts including dog attacks and car accidents, according to a government inquiry into koala protection. Thought to number in excess of 10 million before British settlers arrived in 1788, there are now believed to be as few as 43,515 left in the wild, though their existence high in the treetops makes them difficult to count. Drought, land-clearing, urban development, w...

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