Colas are at risk: The number of Australian marsupials is declining rapidly and has shrunk by 30 percent in the last three years alone, according to a new study. The Australian Cola Foundation (AKF) on Monday announced declining population in all parts of the country, especially in the state of New South Wales on the east coast. The number here has dropped by even 41 percent. Colas are already extinct in many parts of the country.
According to the Foundation, there are still an estimated 32,000 to 58,000 koalas living on the Fifth Continent. In 2018 it was 46,000 to 82,000. AKF President Deborah Tabard said the devastating wildfires of the summer of 2019/2020 would have made a significant contribution to the destruction of beautiful eucalyptus eaters. The WWF announced in December that more than 60,000 koalas may have died in the fire, wounded, displaced or traumatized.
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However, this is not the only reason for the decline: drought, heat waves and water shortages threaten the animals, Tabard says. “I’ve seen some landscapes that look like the moon – dead and dying trees everywhere.” After all, clearing land for agriculture, housing and mining is “deadly” for colas, who are only native to Australia, the expert said. . Thapard stressed the importance of stopping the cleaning of cola habitats “to protect our beloved national animal from danger.” (dpa)
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