Stress is pushing the koala to extinction

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AUSTRALIE, Dubbo : un gardien de zoo installe une pancarte pour aider les visiteurs à localiser les koalas dans les nombreux eucalyptus du zoo de Taronga Western Plains près de Dubbo le 31 mai 2009 © AFP PHOTO/Torsten BLACKWOOD

A virus brought on by loss of habitat is wiping out an Australian icon

The koala, Australia’s star symbol, is dying of stress. The marsupial is found only along the coastal areas of eastern Australia where it feeds off the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. But, as more and more people move to the region, koalas are finding themselves with fewer trees, researchers say. The stress brings out a latent disease, called chlamydiosis, that infects 50 to 90 per cent of the population.

The Independent

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