PROTECTING NATURE

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Allison Edwards, Staff Writer

Australia is known for its kangaroos, natural wonders, The Outback, venomous creatures, and koalas. Over the years, though, there have been many wildfires, diseases, and natural disasters, causing animal populations to decline. One of the victims of decreasing populations is koalas and Australia is doing everything to save them. In 2019-2020, the World Wildlife Fund “estimated that more than 60,000 koalas had been killed, injured or affected in some way by bushfires” stated NBC News. 

Koalas are marsupials (animals that carry their young in pouches) and they live up in eucalyptus trees. Their life span is around twenty years and they sleep up to eighteen hours a day. These marsupials are known to reside mainly in Australia, but everyone sees them in zoos. These lovable caricatures are now becoming endangered because of all of the incidents like natural disasters and poachers. A transmitted disease called chlamydia infects humans but can spread among koalas in certain areas. 

Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, stated,Koalas are one of Australia’s most loved and best-recognized icons, and we are committed to protecting them for generations to come.” Australia is spending $50 million ($35 million USD) “over the next four years to boost long-term protection and recovery of its koala population” stated Australia’s Prime Minister. Morrison also stated that the funds will be for “restoring koala habitat, improving our understanding of koala populations, supporting training in koala treatment and care, and strengthening research into koala health outcomes.”