Koalas are on track to go extinct in a part of Australia before 2050

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Koalas in the Australian state of New South Wales are on track to become extinct in the wild within the next 30 years, according to a report released Tuesday. Bushfires in the region from 2019 to this year have resulted in devastating losses to koalas, according to the report by the parliament of the southeastern state of Australia.

“Given the scale of loss to koala populations across New South Wales as a result of the 2019- 2020 bushfires and without urgent government intervention to protect habitat and address all other threats, the koala will become extinct in New South Wales before 2050,” the report says.

A year-long inquiry into the matter was conducted because “of significant concern in the community about the future of Australia’s most loved animal, the koala,” said Cate Faehrmann, the chairman of the committee that conducted the inquiry.

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