Australia places koalas in ‘endangered’ category as numbers plummet

An estimated 60,000 koalas died or were affected by the devastating ‘Black Summer’ bushfires of 2019-2020

the koala can be a national icon of Australia. But its numbers are dwindling rapidly. So much so that Australia has listed the kwow as an endangered species.

According to the Australian Koala Foundation, there are less than 80,000 koalas left in the Australian wild. This is a steep drop from a time when Australia had eight million koalas. This was when Europeans first settled on the continent.

According to the data, bushfires, land clearing, drought and disease are the main causes of this drastic decline. An estimated 60,000koalas died or were affected by the devastating ‘black summer’ bushfires of 2019-20.

Koala populations had collapsed across much of eastern Australia over the past two decades. New data also shows wild koala the numbers have dropped by 30% in three years.

Environmentalists hailed koalas new status but condemned Australia’s failure to protect the species so far. The globally recognized symbol of Australia’s unique wildlife was listed as ‘vulnerable’ just a decade ago, but the Australian government approved the clearing of more than 25,000 hectares of koala living since then.