Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that dinosaurs, mammoths, and saber-toothed tigers once roamed the earth, right? That’s because these animals are all extinct. Sad, we know. That’s why animal conservationists are working to find ways to keep animals that exist now from also becoming extinct. Unfortunately, sometimes efforts can be hindered by things that are hard to control and predict. Take, for example, the koala. While the koala is on the vulnerable species list already, the Australian Government is thinking about moving these marsupials to the endangered species list. Why? The recent summer fires in Australia caused such incredible habitat damage that many fear there are far fewer koalas in the southeastern and eastern parts of the country, where they once thrived in the Eucalyptus forests. But before such a determination can be made, the Australian Government will be conducting studies of the areas in which koalas may have been most impacted by the fires. We’ll know more about the koala situation in approximately a year, when the study is expected to be completed. Crossing our fingers that koalas are okay!
November 6, 2020