Koala numbers are decreasing
May 31, 2011
Koala population numbers have decreased since the 1990s by an incredible 95 percent, according to a new report from The Week. Many are concerned about the future of the cute and cuddly species.
"We can't afford to wait until the population is down to 10,000 before we do something because by then it will be too late," University of Queensland landscape ecologist Clive McAlpine told the news source.
Koalas have been affected by habitat loss as well as disease, including STDs. Many koalas are now infertile.
Conservationists are hoping to have koalas listed as endangered. In the U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) jointly oversee the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act currently protects about 1,400 plants and animal species, according to the New York Times.