Tasmanian Devils Face Extinction.

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Discovery Channel reports:

A mutant cancer which causes facial tumors on Australia's Tasmanian
devil has brought the carnivorous marsupial to the brink of extinction,
a leading researcher has said.

Local populations of the animal . . . have already been savaged by the
mysterious disease, which results in malignant facial tumors.

Hamish McCallum, professor of wildlife research at the University of
Tasmania's school of zoology, said the disease, which usually results
in death six months after the appearance of the first lesions, could
lead to the extinction of the species within a decade.


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The IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) lists the koala as ‘POTENTIALLY VULNERABLE’. This relatively low listing is influenced by Victoria’s "apparently" stable official koala conservation status. However, the Australian Koala Foundation does not agree with the Victorian Government’s assessment of that state’s current situation.

In 2000, the koala was listed as ‘THREATENED’ under the United States Endangered Species Act by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. This is one category below ‘Endangered’.

https://www.savethekoala.com/koalasendangered.html
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Do a search on Koalas face extinction, you'll find loads of articles. Not many people realise the koalas plight. 15 years ago I counted 7 koalas on my 4 acres (Victoria) in one afternoon. I haven't seen one koala in 5 years.
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What state are you talking about Terry? The number of Koalas we got around where I used to live certainly doesn't indicate a dying population. Also if I'm not mistaken there are literally too many koalas in either Tassie or Kangaroo Island (sorry can't remember which)
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Koalas are facing extinction too. Actually, the list of species in danger of disappearing is to extensive to list here. The drought in Australia has just about wiped out our water birds, they've just gone.
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