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Koalas Could Be Classified ‘Endangered’ After Fires Decimate Population

A koala recused from an area affected by wildfires sits in a wooden crate in Bairnsdale, Australia on Jan. 9.
A koala recused from an area affected by wildfires sits in a wooden crate in Bairnsdale, Australia on Jan. 9.Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Australia’s koala population has taken such an “extraordinary hit” from the wildfires sweeping the country that the marsupial could be classified as endangered in some areas.

That’s the verdict of Environment Minister Sussan Ley, who announced a A$50 million ($35 million) funding package on Monday to help protect wildlife and restore the natural habitat.