7 animals that may be extinct after the Australian bushfires
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Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
A November 2019 article in the Guardian provided a critical fact check about claims that these beloved marsupials were “functionally extinct” in the wild; they weren’t… at least, not then. In the intervening weeks, 25,000 koalas of a 50,000 koala population on Kangaroo Island – the only disease-free animals left in existence, on which huge hopes for population recovery rested – have died in the fires, reports a more recent Guardian piece. Now, their future is gravely threatened and experts worry their numbers will never recover. Images of burned koalas emerging from the smoke to beg for food and water from passersby have raised an enormous outcry of grief from concerned citizens worldwide.