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Animal welfare groups are urging the federal government in Australia to classify Koalas as an ‘endangered’ species as the population continues to decline.

A report commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia shows the koala population in Queensland has declined by at least 50 percent from 2001.

While populations in New South Wales have dropped between 33-61 percent in the same period, with more than 6,000 koalas being killed during the country’s ‘catastrophic’ bushfires.

WWF-Australia, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Humane Society International (HSI) are now calling for increased protection for koala’s habitats in a bid to support the species

‘A real shock’

According to SBS News, Conservation Scientist Dr. Stuart Blanch said: “What is most significant is it was only in 2012 that they were first listed in the eastern states as a vulnerable species under state and federal law, and that was a real shock to us because you can’t lose our koalas.

“These are our national icon and our cute and cuddly animal. We have gone from not being a threatened species to being listed as an endangered species on the east coast within a decade.

“I would never have thought that was possible. I never thought we would be losing them so quickly.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.