Koalas numbers are becoming danerously low in many parts of Australia.
This week the government in Australia announced that Koalas are now considered an endangered species in NSW, Queensland and the ACT.
Numbers of Australia’s icon have plummet due to climate change, land clearing and disease.
They had previously been rated “vulnerable” under the federal government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, but it’s status has now been upgraded.
According to a report by the Australian Koala Foundation released in September, there were between 32,065 and 57,920 koalas left in the wild last year.
It claimed the biggest declines were in NSW, where koala numbers dropped 41 per cent since 2018.
It is hoped that the change of status will force the government of Australia to do something to increase numbers.