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Australia 'For every koala we see alive, 100 are dead'

10:00  05 january  2020
10:00  05 january  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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Owner of Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park Sam Mitchell says “for every koala we are seeing alive, there are 100 dead”.

“Kangaroo Island is well known for our Koala population, which is considered to be Australia’s only disease-free population of koalas with well over 50 to 60,000,” Mr Mitchell told Sky News.

“Half of their prime habitat has been wiped out”.

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Koalas Could Be Classified ‘Endangered’ After Fires Decimate Population .
Australia’s koala population has taken such an “extraordinary hit” from the wildfires sweeping the country that the marsupial could be classified as endangered in some areas. That’s the verdict of Environment Minister Sussan Ley, who announced a $50 million funding package on Monday to help protect wildlife and restore the natural habitat.A koala recused from an area affected by wildfires sits in a wooden crate in Bairnsdale, Australia on Jan. 9.“It may be necessary ...

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