Fires killed hundreds of Koalas torching southern Australia. And wiping out much of the population creating fears that the national icon is getting closer to extinction.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital said,
In what is a national tragedy, the bushfires in and around Port Macquarie in November devastated a genetically diverse koala population.
As many as 350 koalas have perished, with approximately 75% of the fire ground footprint being prime koala habitat.
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They are only about 4,000 to 10,000 left after habitat destruction. In addition to bushfire, habitat clearing, dog attack, and road accidents, more than 2.5 million koalas killed to supply fur to trade-in America and Europe.
Furthermore, koalas now considered endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.
Above all, The Australia Zoo said.
We believe the wild population of koalas is critically threatened and in need of our protection
The human death toll has also been an alarm. Four people died and hundreds of homes destroyed.
In New South Wales, which is home to nearly 8 million people, fires already three times larger than the first fire season last year.