Report: In Australia, 80% Of The Koala Habitat Has Been Consumed By Fire
The Australian Koala Foundation is estimating that over 1,000 koalas have died from recent bushfires, according to Forbes.
The organization is saying that the combination of the bushfires and a prolonged drought have killed enough koalas to make the species functionally extinct (there is disagreement on this point).
Functionally extinct species are those whose population are so small that the living remainder of the population are not viable enough to grow the species out of extinction. The organization is also claiming that 80% of the species’ habitat in Australia have been consumed by the fires.
However, some researchers are doubtful of the claim on the grounds that estimating the koala population number is difficult to pinpoint with exact accuracy.
The bushfires in Australia are putting koalas at risk as their habitat and main source of food are being destroyed. Koala’s rely on eucalyptus leaves for sustenance. These trees are being burned down by bushfires. There is a possibility that koalas starve from lack of food.
Australians are raising money to help heal burned koalas and are even raising money to create a sanctuary habitat for koalas injured from the bushfires to be rehabilitated.