WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- There aren’t enough surviving koalas to foster the next generation of the furry animal.
- Rising temperatures have caused widespread destruction of the koalas’ natural habitats as well as many koala deaths due to dehydration.
- The Australian Koala Foundation urges that the Koala Protection Act be enacted and hope that it will be effective in saving the koala from extinction.
There are about 80,000 koalas left in the wild. According to the Australian Koala Foundation(AKF), this means that there aren’t enough breeding adults for another generation of the species of marsupial to continue. As such, the animal has been declared “functionally extinct.”
Their dwindling numbers are due to the effects of heatwaves and temperature jumps which have caused deforestation of the tree-dwelling animal’s habitats as well as fatal dehydration.
The AKF reports that in federal environments, only 41 out of 128 of the koala’s known habitats have any of the furry animals left living there. A genetic pathogen or new disease would cause the surviving koalas to die off very quickly.
Activists are pushing local pols to act on this so that the world does not have to say goodbye to another animal species. AKF chairman, Deborah Tabart, is calling for the new prime minister, who will be instated after the elections in May, to put the Koala Protection Act (KPA) into action.
It’s been “written and ready to go since 2016.” Hopefully, the Koala Protection Act, which was modeled after the Bald Eagle Act of the US, will be as successful. The Bald Eagle Act effectively pulled America’s national symbol from the threatened species list.
Tabart says that this was possible because “there was political motive to ensure their icon did not go extinct.” She continues on to say, “It is time for the koala to be afforded the same respect.”
Source: New York Post