Sadly, koalas were recently listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Their numbers are dramatically dropping in areas like Queensland and New South Wales, although all signs point to their populations still being abundant in Victoria and South Australia. While koalas are protected by many different laws and regulations, they are still threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 7 L x
- Size in in: 2.76 L x
Although koalas themselves are protected and listed as threatened, their numbers are dropping due to habitat loss and there may be fewer than 8,000 koalas left in the wild. After extensive hunting in the early twentieth century, there was an effort to protect and reintroduce the iconic animal. Without habitat protection, however, those efforts could prove to be in vain. Most koalas do have chlamydia but this rarely has a negative impact on them unless they are stressed or weak.