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Why are Koala Bears endangered?

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  • The Australian Government currently lists the koala as a priority species for conservation status assessment.


  • Government estimates of the national koala population numbers in the hundreds of thousands, although other studies have estimated as few as 80,000 koalas left in the wild.


  • The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there are around 100,000 koalas left in the wild.


  • The Australian government does not consider the species to be threatened, although the US government has declared the koala a threatened species.


  • The koala inhabits four Australian states. Under state legislation, the species is listed as:
  • Queensland — Common, or "Least Concern Wildlife" throughout the state, except in the South East Queensland bioregion, where it is listed as vulnerable.
  • New South Wales — listed at a state scale as vulnerable, but varying regionally from secure to locally extinct.
  • South Australia — classified as rare.
  • Victoria — The koala population in the South of Victoria is contaminated with disease and has been transplanted to another location to ensure better health and treatment. In the north of Victoria, particularly nearby the alps, Koalas are said to be thriving.

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Koala with a cub in pouch

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