Gallery: Australia’s Koala Listed as Threatened Species Due to Deforest...

 

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The popular Koala has officially been listed as a “threatened species” by the Australian government as the marsupial species faces dangers caused by urban expansion and climate change. Populations of the treasured koala, a cute (if not cuddly) national symbol of Australia, have dwindled for some time after surviving threats throughout history from fur traders. Subsisting on a diet of only eucalyptus leaves, the koala population has been nearly depleted as trees are cut down, and CO2 emissions erode the nutritional value of the remaining plants.

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