It’s estimated that as many as 8,400 koalas have perished in fires on the mid-north coast of NSW and Kangaroo Island in South Australia has lost over 50% of their koala population This is a devastating blow for an iconic species already in decline, and these bushfires have the potential to hasten koalas’ slide towards extinction in eastern Australia.
Koalas could be extinct in the wild in eastern Australia in as little as 30 years due mainly to ongoing excessive tree-clearing for agricultural and urban development and climate heating triggered bushfires that destroy koala habitat, that potentially accelerate the extinction timeline.
But all hope is not lost. Help is urgently needed for the national emergency fund to help raise $30 million to deliver:
• Wildlife response – including partnering with wildlife response organisations, communities and scientists nationally for a swift and effective response and recovery at scale.
• Habitat restoration – including restoring native forests and damaged wildlife habitat, stopping deforestation, cultivating habitat connectivity, core habitat and Indigenous and rural fire management.
• Future proofing Australia – including driving innovative solutions to help mitigate climate change, driving climate event preparedness, species adaptation and long-term wildlife and nature conservation efforts towards securing Australia’s natural resources for people and nature.