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Are koalas in danger of extinction?

According to The Guardian, koalas may be considered an endangered species. Their numbers have been declining since Australia was colonized, and recently they have also suffered from great fires. The greatest threat is the disappearance of their natural environment. Koalas could become extinct by 2050 unless urgent measures are undertaken to protect them.

It is estimated that the fires destroyed more than 3 million hectares of land, but they are not the only factor contributing to the steadily declining koala population. Climate change is also a great threat, as a result of which the quality of eucalyptus, which is their basic dietary component, has significantly decreased.

Currently, koalas are classified as a high-risk species. If the category is changed, they will be officially considered an endangered species. The assessment by the Australian authorities will be completed next year.