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Good news!! ---> Australia to protect most vulnerable koalas

Good news!! ---> Australia to protect most vulnerable koalas

Australia moved on Monday to protect its most vulnerable koalas, listing the much-loved furry tree-dwellers as a threatened species in parts of the country. Environment Minister Tony Burke said the most at-risk koalas needed to be on the national list of threatened species, and populations in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory would be listed as vulnerable. "Koalas are an iconic Australian animal and they hold a special place in the community," he said. Burke said while some koala populations were under serious threat from habitat loss and urban expansion, as well as cars, dogs and disease, in other areas they were thriving to the point they needed to be controlled. "In fact, in some areas in Victoria and South Australia, koalas are eating themselves out of suitable foraging habitat and their numbers need to be managed," he said. "But the Quee...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/australi...

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