Australian Minister of Environment Sussan Ley on Monday warned that koalas could be listed as an endangered species on account of the devastating bushfires which have killed hundreds of the animal.
Ley and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Monday introduced A$50 million ($34 million) in funding to assist species affected by the bushfire disaster, experiences Xinhua information company.
Ley instructed the media that koala populations have suffered an “extraordinary hit” from the fires, declaring that the enduring native Australian species could be formally listed as “endangered”.
Koalas have been thought-about “vulnerable” since 2012 however Ley stated that the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, which manages the standing of all species in Australia, could quickly downgrade it.
“There is no doubt a large number of koalas have lost their lives, many others have been injured,” she stated.
“The truth is we don’t know the full extent of that damage until it has been mapped and until these fires are over.”
Experts worry that half of the 50,000 koalas that dwell on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, one of many hardest hit by the bushfires, have perished within the blazes.
“Everything that can be done to rescue and recover koala habitat, will be done, including innovative approaches that look at whether you can actually put a koala in an area that it hasn’t come from,” Ley saidy.
Half of the extra funding will go instantly to zoos, wildlife carers and hospitals whereas the remaining will be managed by Sally Box, the Threatened Species Commissioner, who will co-chair a committee with Ley on long-term restoration efforts.