Many koalas in Australia run the risk of starving to death when their food is consumed by skovbrandenes flames.
The extensive forest fires and a prolonged drought in Australia means that koalaerne like their habitat is dwindling.
the Devastation is so severe that koalaen now is functionally extinct. It writes the magazine Forbes.
Functionally extinct means that the species ' population has become so small that it no longer plays any vital role in the ecosystem and no longer viable.
According to Deborah Tabart, president of Australia's Koalafond, is approximately 1000 koalas died in the fires. The fires have also destroyed large parts of the koalaernes habitat.
because of the deforestation and forest fires have koalaerne lost several of their main sources of food, including eucalyptus.
An adult koala eats up to a kilogram of eucalyptus on the day as his primary source of nutrition. But even if the plant grows out again, so it takes several months. It can mean that many koalas will starve to death.
Fires have ravaged more than 2200 hectares of forest in the area, which is koalaernes primary habitat on the australian east coast.
Before the first british settlers arrived in 1788, it is estimated the population of koalas that have been on over ten million. In 2015, there was less than 100,000 left in the wild, estimated Australia's Koalafond.
the Past was koalaen hunted because of its fur, and it was in the 1920s close to extinction.
Although koalaen has been listed, it has not been able to stop the decline in the stock.
One of the reasons is that 80 percent of the koalaernes natural habitat in Australia has been destroyed through time.
the Koalas which are not bears, but marsupials, are also vulnerable to car traffic, and a bacterial infection, which can make koalaerne blind and barren.
/ritzau/Updated Date: 24 November 2019, 07:00