Koalas Face Extinction After Bushfires

19 Aug 1940 – KOALAS FACE EXTINCTION – Trove

08 Dec 1953 – Protection of koalas – Trove

19 Nov 1953 – KOALAS ARE A DYING RACE – Trove

06 Apr 1936 – BUSH FIRES – Trove

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5 Responses to Koalas Face Extinction After Bushfires

  1. arn says:

    Seems Pandas were the koalas of the 80ies,
    and polar bears the Pandas of the 2000’s.
    And Koalas are the new polar bears.

    So after 80years they came full circle.

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    Re the claims of extinction:
    Rabbit bandicoot known as the Bilby — The lesser bilby became extinct in the 1950s; the greater bilby survives but remains endangered
    Kangaroo rat: small marsupials are endemic to Australia and were once widespread throughout the country. The now extinct Desert Rat-kangaroo.
    They’re in the same family as potoroos and bettongs.
    The Numbat, also called the banded anteater, is a small endangered marsupial animal native to parts of Australia. They have a long sticky tongue that allows them pick up termites, which they eat exclusively. The Numbat is under threat from habitat loss and introduced predators like foxes and feral cats.

    It was earlier last year that there was debate about the plague of koalas on Kangaroo Island and plans to cull the numbers. With about 40% of the island burnt out, that debate would seem to be null & void.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    These fires were very “hot” because of the huge build-up of fuel on the forest floor.

    Sensible forestry practice would have been to do frequent fuel reduction burns. That allows burning of the shed bark and leaves, and understory weeds like lantana, without the fire reaching the tree crown level.

    Which is where the koalas are.

    That is what the eucalypts are evolved for – tall trees that shed lots of flammable bark and leaves so that their competitors are wiped out by the frequent fires lit by the Aboriginal peoples over tens of thousands of years. At the same time the fires tend not to reach the foliage of the tree where the seed capsules are – which open after the smoke triggers them.

    So if koalas are endangered they are endangered by the Greens who refuse to allow sane forestry management policies.

  4. Victor Carulei says:

    NAd dont forget most fires caused by arsonists

  5. Victor Carulei says:

    And don’t forget most fires are caused by arsonists.

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