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Koalas aren't 'functionally extinct' but they are in trouble following Australia wildfires


Australia has been experiencing record-breaking wildfires in recent weeks after temperatures soared to more than 40C (104F) in many areas. At least four people have so far died, but those suffering most appear to be Australia's wildlife. 

Deborah Tabart OAM, chairman of the Australian Koala Foundation (AFK), told the Daily Mail that she believes over 1000 koalas may have been killed in the last two months as a result of deforestation and the fires. She went on to claim that the fires have also destroyed 80 percent of the koala's natural habitat, leaving the animals "functionally extinct."