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Calls to declare koalas endangered as population declines by two-thirds in 20 years

About 5,000 koalas in New South Wales are likely to have died in the bushfires, and their numbers may have dropped by as much as two-thirds in less than 20 years, a new report has found.  Conservation groups want the state government to make an emergency endangered species declaration for the koalas.  The report, commissioned by the global conservation group the International Fund for Animal Welfare, looked at how fires across seven regions had affected koalas already in decline from habitat destruction, climate change and drought.  Read more....



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