Koalas in trouble

September 30th, 2009
Koalas are dying of stress because their habitats are being destroyed as people move in. The stress is bringing out a latent disease called chlamydia that infects 50 to 90 per cent of the animals. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there are fewer than 100,000 koalas left in Australia, down from the millions when European settlement began in the late 1700s. A 2008 survey of the Koala Coast by the Queensland government shows the population dropped 64 per cent, from more than 6,200 in 1999 to about 2,800. While car accidents and dog attacks killed many koalas, the report blamed about 60 per cent of the deaths on disease. The Daily Telegraph