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Australian koalas threatened by wildfire

December 4 2006

Forest fires, which have long been unabated in some Australian states, led to almost complete destruction of a large population of koalas. These animals are by nature very slow. At the scene, in the Pilliga Nature Reserve, had already left for professionals.

Scientists from the Sydney Taronga Zoo have in place to assess the extent of losses. Experts do not doubt that most of it is destroyed, but hope that some koalas still able to bust through a special fire-clearing.

Total number of koalas in Australia is a few hundred thousand, according to Reuters.

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