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Koalas Are Now 'Functionally Extinct' in Australia

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They’re cuddly. They’re terribly cute. And in Australia, they’re almost gone. Yes, we’re talking about the animal we often associate with the Land Down Under. The iconic koala is “functionally extinct” in the place it famously represents. koalas – Google Search

“Functionally extinct” means the population of a species has declined to the point where it can no longer play a significant role in the ecosystem or it can’t produce enough offspring to keep the species going.

Since 2010, the Australian Koala Foundation has been monitoring koala populations in the 128 Aussie federal electorates that encompass the species’ range. Today, not a single koala can be found in 41 of those electorates.

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I watched a PBS show about Koalas a few years ago.

Urban sprawl is a major factor in devastating these animals.



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Hearing the Koalas are on their way to extinction is horrible news. There are a lot of cute animals but I think Koalas are one of the cutest. Another one of the cutest and maybe my favorite are Pandas. They too are not out of the woods. They are either 'Endangered' or 'Vulnerable.'

Unlike past mass extinctions, caused by events like asteroid strikes, volcanic eruptions, and natural climate shifts, the current crisis is almost entirely caused by us humans. In fact, 99 percent of currently threatened species are at risk from human activities, primarily those driving habitat loss, introduction of exotic species, and global warming [3]. Because the rate of change in our biosphere is increasing, and because every species' extinction potentially leads to the extinction of others bound to that species in a complex ecological web, numbers of extinctions are likely to snowball in the coming decades as ecosystems unravel.

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