Koala species are now considered "functionally extinct" as per Australian Koala Foundation (AKF)

This means that koala populations have declined so far that the species no longer plays a significant role in its ecosystem.

No more than 80,000 individuals left on the continent.

This is approximately 1% of the 8 million Koalas that were shot for fur and sent to London between 1890 and 1927," said AKF chairman Deborah Tabart.

Today, koalas are threatened by domestic dogs and disease, along with increasing encroachment due to human development, logging and wood harvesting, and droughts and extreme weather associated with climate change.                                   

EcoWatch, May 2019

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