The koalas, endemic marsupials of Australia, disappear at a faster rate than the average world population of animals, reported today the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
"The difficult situation of the koalas is equated with the alarming decline of other animal species that are losing their homes," said the executive director of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Australia, Dermot O'Gorman, in a statement.
The "Living Planet Report 2018" of WWF indicates that the population of the vertebrate species in the world has regressed by an average of 60 percent since 1970.
This translates into a population decline of 13.6 percent per decade, although in the case of koalas in eastern Australia the decline per decade is 21 percent, according to a statement from the Australian subsidiary of WWF.
The population of this mammal was reduced from 326,400 in 1990 to 188,000 in 2010, representing a drop of 42 percent in two decades, according to an assessment of the Australian Government's Endangered Species Committee in the states of Queensland and New Wales. of the South (east).
The main reason for the disappearance of this animal is the deforestation of the eastern region of the oceanic country, where the greatest number of inhabitants and large cities are concentrated, and spaces for livestock are proliferating.
WWF estimates that by 2050 koalas may disappear in the state of New South Wales, whose capital is Sydney, because the government of this jurisdiction abolished the laws protecting forests and the logging is unsustainable.
Australia is one of the world's deforestation fronts on the WWF list.
"This is an alert for the east coast, which is one of the notorious areas of destruction of forests such as the Amazon, the Congo Basin, Sumatra and Borneo," stressed the environmental executive.