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'Koalas facing extinction'.

KOALAS could be wiped out along Australia's eastern seaboard within 12 years because of urban and agricultural sprawl, an international conservation group warned today.

The Australian Koala Foundation plans to present evidence next month to the federal government showing the marsupial should be listed as a vulnerable species in order to have its habitat protected.

The Great Dividing Range, which separates the eastern coast of Australia from the rest of the country, has been the traditional habitat for most of Australia's koalas, but it is now threatened by urban and agricultural sprawl.

The foundation estimates 10 million koalas existed in Australia at the time of European settlement in 1788, but only 100,000 koalas remain now.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 9, 2004
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