Koalas in New South Wales may become extinct by the year 2050. That is what a report on the marsupial population and their living environment says. The koala population has decreased due to the loss of living space, diseases, and natural disasters. Many of these animals also went extinct in devastating fires in 2019-2020. Deforestation also contributes to the decreasing in the koala population. Another threat is climate change, which intensifies fires and droughts.
Recommendations have been issued on how to prevent this. The improvement of koala counting methods and the creation of new national parks were advised. The New South Wales government has promised to do everything in its power to protect koalas for future generations. As estimated by the Australian Koala Foundation, there are no more than 80,000 of these animals in the country. The threat of extinction primarily concerns New South Wales, but this raises concerns throughout the whole region.