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According to the BBC, infection rates of koalas in some regions of Australia have reached as high as 90%. But not all the news is bad - chlamydia is treatable with antibiotics while volunteers help rehabilitate the sick. With a vaccine nearing development, now is the time to act and bring the koala back from the brink of extinction.
Goal: 50,000 Progress: 42,422
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Quite possibly one of the cutest animals in existence, the Australian koala is facing serious health dangers. An epidemic of chlamydia has begun to ravage Australia's koala population. In koalas, chlamydia is a nasty bacterial disease with symptoms including blindness, respiratory infections, and even infertility.

Combined with other threats from habitat loss and dog attacks, koalas now face the possibility of extinction. Though chlamydia doesn't directly kill the animals, rendering them infertile means koalas could become extinct in as little as a few decades.

About 40% of Australian female koalas are now infertile. We must intervene if we are to reverse the pattern that could lead these cuddly creatures to extinction.

Sign the petition asking Australia’s Federal Environment Minister to elevate koalas to endangered status and ensure they receive the resources necessary to avert this catastrophe.

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Dear Hon. Mark Butler, PM:

I am writing to express my concern over the current koala situation in Australia. I've learned that chlamydia is taking a huge toll on the koala population and rendering them infertile. Though chlamydia causes a range of health problems for these adorable animals, infertility is the most ominous as it threatens to extinguish the entire koala population.

Though there are treatment options, once chlamydia enters a koala's urinary tract, the animal is most often rendered infertile. With a vaccine in development, now is the time to grant the animal greater federal protection under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), providing the species with a chance of recovery.

This national emblem deserves national protection, rather than patchwork solutions offered at state and local levels that provide inadequate coverage.

Thank you for your time.

Petition Signatures


Jul 29, 2014 Maretta Colvin
Jul 29, 2014 Luciano Napoletano
Jul 29, 2014 carol lee
Jul 29, 2014 Deborah Bennett
Jul 29, 2014 Melissa Frost
Jul 29, 2014 Bo Rutjes
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Larcombe
Jul 28, 2014 Sylvia Easton
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Yesenia Kurtzweil
Jul 28, 2014 Cheri Paul
Jul 28, 2014 Pimpatra Apichachaipong
Jul 28, 2014 Teresa Evans
Jul 28, 2014 Eileen Ross
Jul 28, 2014 Marianne Adcock
Jul 28, 2014 Mara Delta
Jul 28, 2014 Fredericka Renshaw
Jul 28, 2014 Kalinke ten Hulzen
Jul 28, 2014 K Eller
Jul 28, 2014 gina bilwin YOU MUST DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO KEEP YOUR KOALAS THRIVING. STOP DECIMATING THEIR HABITAT. WORK WITH SCIENCE TO SLOW THE CHLAMYDIA OUTBREAKS. STOP CUTTING DOWN THEIR TREES AND HABITATS. MAKE HABITATS SAFE FOR YOUR WILDLIFE SLOW DOWN YOUR DRIVERS.
Jul 28, 2014 Lauren Finkelstein
Jul 28, 2014 Carol Altermatt
Jul 28, 2014 nancy mccall
Jul 28, 2014 Tracy McCardle
Jul 28, 2014 PJ Wallace It would be nice if we did something positive.
Jul 28, 2014 Barbara Britz
Jul 28, 2014 Christine Rivera
Jul 28, 2014 Geri Allegre
Jul 28, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 28, 2014 Jennifer Swedberg
Jul 28, 2014 Diana Ciolli No. This is sad, they are so cute and should be put on the endangered species list.
Jul 28, 2014 Alan Murillo
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 christelle van rooyen
Jul 27, 2014 AKIKO SAKAGUCHI
Jul 27, 2014 Dottie Viar
Jul 27, 2014 Lavenna White
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Ralph Krugler
Jul 27, 2014 Dave Bell
Jul 27, 2014 Nancy Goodness
Jul 27, 2014 Michelle Mcelveen
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Cynthia Palmer
Jul 27, 2014 Elisabeth Björklund
Jul 26, 2014 Gavin Lee
Jul 26, 2014 Margarita Solis
Jul 26, 2014 Cindy Illsley
Jul 26, 2014 David Mortimer
Jul 26, 2014 Amanda Mikalson

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