Koala numbers on the decline


There’s more bad news for southeast Queensland’s endangered koalas.

A new report has found that almost 200 koalas died, after their habitat was cleared for development.

Andy Leung reports.

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On Endangered Species Day, The World Wide Fund for Nature released its latest analysis on the health of southeast Queensland’s koala population.

It’s found tree clearing directly resulted in the deaths of 179 koalas in the region between 2013 and 2015.

Dr Martin Taylor, WWF: “But where we really lack knowledge, is the rest of the state. Koala don’t just occur in South East Queensland, they are throughout the coastal zone, and the inland area of Queensland.”

The RSPCA also fears for the long-term survival of koalas in the southeast, with 323 sent to its animal hospital in the past year.

Michael Beatty, RSPCA: “And sadly, less than a third of those, were able to be released into the wild.”

Queensland’s Environment Minister admits that the state is failing to adequately protect koalas.

Dr. Steven Miles, Qld Environment Minister: “We sadly failed just a vote or two short on the floor of parliament, to re-introduce land clearing laws.”

In a bid to halt the species’ decline, The WWF launched a campaign called “kimby,” standing for Koala In My Back Yard.

Kimby is designed to provide stronger protection for Koalas, which are under threat from human development.

Andy Leung, QUT News.


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