It’s official. Koalas inhabiting the east coast of Australia have been recognized as an endangered species. They are at risk of extinction due to deforestation, wildfires, drought and disease. Already in 2020, experts warned that without action to protect them, koalas could become completely extinct by 2050.
Australian specialists working with these animals estimated that fewer than 100,000 marsupials live in the wild. Australian bushfires in 2019 and 2020 killed more than 6,000 koalas, even though rescuers tried to search for the animals and heal their injuries.
Authorities plan to protect koalas through vaccination, drone surveillance and restoration of their natural habitat. They believe that entering marsupials on the list of endangered species will draw attention to the possibility of their extinction and help in their rescue.