Severe wildfires have affected marsupials, which are only Down Under. Now the government wants to spend $ 50 million to protect them.
Colas are now better preserved in large parts of Australia. In the states of New South Wales and Queensland, as well as in the Australian capital area with the capital Canberra, Environment Minister Susan Lay has officially declared the danger level of funny marsupials to be “vulnerable” (vulnerable) (threatened). Announced Friday.
Continuing drought, devastating wildfires, disease and habitat loss have led to a sharp decline in the Koala population over the past 20 years.
The government plans to spend $ 50 million (33 million francs) over the next four years to protect the animals.
“We are taking unprecedented action to protect Kola and are collaborating with scientists, medical researchers, veterinarians, communities, states, local governments and tribal peoples,” Lay said.
More than 60,000 animals were killed, injured, displaced or traumatized
Especially the The big wildfire From August 2019 to March 2020 the beautiful Marsupials were hit hard. The environmental organization WWF estimates that more than 60,000 colas were killed, injured, driven away or traumatized.
Josie Sharad of the International Fund for Animal Welfare said: “We must never allow this to happen and we will lose a national symbol.” The wildfire would have devastated a large number of beautiful eucalyptus eaters who were already extinct.
“This should be an awareness call for Australia and the Government to act expeditiously to protect vital habitats from economic development and land clearance, and to actively address the impacts of climate change.”
The population has halved since 2001
The Animal Welfare Organization has announced that the protection level has been improved based on two scientific studies. The cola population in tropical Queensland has fallen by at least 50 percent since 2001 and the colas in New South Wales are threatened with extinction.
Cola – or “Pascolarctose sinus” – is a down-to-earth edema that sleeps on trees most of the day and eats only eucalyptus leaves. This is possible because the digestive system can neutralize toxins in plants. There are a maximum of 100,000 colas in the wild, according to the Australian Cola Foundation, which says “but not more than 43,000.”