Original article by Angus Thompson, Nick Bonyhady
The Age – Page: Online : 14-Jan-20
Scientists believe that the bushfires in northern NSW have destroyed about 30 per cent of the region’s koala habitats. Koalas are already listed as a ‘vulnerable’ species in some parts of Australia, and Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley warns that the species may need to be upgraded to ‘endangered’ in some bushfire-affected areas. Ley has stressed that every effort will be made to ensure that the species survives. Half of the federal government’s $50m bushfire relief package for wildlife will be given to wildlife carers, hospitals and zoos.
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY