Australia has lost around 30% of its koalas in three years
hit by drought, bushfires and developers cutting down trees
Source: Australian Koala Foundation
The worst decline was in New South Wales
where numbers dropped by 41% since 2018
partly due to devastating bushfires in late 2019 and early 2020
The Australian Koala Foundation has urged the government to act
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN KOALA FOUNDATION CHAIR, DEBORAH TABART, SAYING:"I want new legislation, a koala protection act. This species, whether we like it or not, is an icon of Australia. We don't have to argue that. If we had a piece of legislation that said you industry or you private landholder cannot wantonly destroy trees, everything would be okay. Because I've been on enough committees with coal miners, developers, road builders and whatever, where they just want the quick fix, knock it all down, build it, call it Koala Drive and they're all dead. I do believe that industry and koalas can coexist."