The koala bear is an endangered species of animal that belongs to Australia. The koalas are known to be gentle animal’s that are very soft natured. However, if you venture close to them, they can do anything unpredictable like scratching your face or something like that. In the end, it is a wild animal after all.
The koala bear is a grey colored bear and is actually a marsupial. It shares the name of a bear because of its looks entirely. Their habitat is limited to southern and eastern Australia only. The koala bears do not multiply in large numbers. However, of late, they have been prey to poaching and people have been selling their fur. As tourism to Australia is increasing it is affecting the bears inadvertently.
One of the main reasons why these cute bears are decreasing in numbers is the loss of habitat. The human settlements in the areas that they live are increasing to a great extent and the bears are being forced to retreat more into the woods. However, not all climate zones suit the koala bears, and it is literally leading to their extinction. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were more than three hundred thousand koala bears in the wild.
And, today, there are less than one hundred thousand bears left in the wild. The estimate is that nearly four thousand koalas are killed each year due to the loss of habitat, and some naturally fall prey to predators. Some of the koalas get killed in road accidents too.
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