Birds are disoriented by smoke and often cannot escape a fire.
In a matter of weeks, the fires have subverted decades of dedicated conservation efforts for many threatened species.
Over the coming months, koalas will depend on wildlife hospitals to recover from the effects of unprecedented bushfires.
Lachlan G. Howell
Unprecedented fires are devastating koalas along Australia's east coast. These sudden drops in population put the survivors at risk of inbreeding.
Residents evacuate themselves and their animals to a park in Old Bar, NSW, Saturday, November 9, 2019.
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During an emergency it's vital you know what your animals need, where you can take them and what your local rules are. Fortunately, there are plans in place and guidelines to help.
After gum trees are cut down, the koalas that lived in them must take a hike.
Huge gum tree plantations shelter big koala populations, but when the trees are cut down the koalas flood into nearby habitat.
A viral invasion is revealing how the genome has its own immune system to fight off attacks.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Koala retrovirus is a menace to koalas, but by watching it at work scientists are finding out how the genome defends itself
Koalas are among the threatened native species worst affected by habitat loss.
A staggering 7.7 million hectares of critical habitat has been destroyed since environment laws were enacted - and 93% was not referred to the federal government for assessment.
Maya the detection dog was part of a team sniffing out koalas.
Environmental protections in Australia are built on assumptions about where animals live – and it's harming our wildlife.
Distinctive pigmentation patterns around the nostrils allows people on the ground to reliably recognise individual koalas.
Did you know koalas rub noses to say hello?
Koalas can adapt to urban areas with enough suitable green spaces but would benefit from wildlife crossing areas to reduce their risk of being hit by cars.
Koalas can cope with the stresses of city life provided we plan urban developments in ways that help meet their basic needs.
Koalas spend a large part of the day sleeping - while their digestive enzymes get to work.
The koala genome, published today, gives us new and valuable information to aid conservation of this marsupial. It identifies special genes that evolved to adapt the koala to its unique lifestyle.
You can see koalas at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, but the city council has won a planning battle to preserve their wild population too.
Local planning rules have prevailed in a long-running dispute over a proposed Gold Coast quarry that threatened the amenity of nearby residents and koalas.
Koalas are stressed out by a range of pressures, from habitat loss to dog attacks.
Ever feel so stressed you can't carry on? You're not alone - koalas have a similar problem, and hundreds are being rescued by veterinarians each year.
Koala numbers are in decline through increased urbanisation, but they can find a safe passage if one’s provided.
Koala numbers in parts of Australia are in decline as they move from development of their land. But they can learn to take safer routes if they are built as part of the urban design.
Koalas face many threats, and our conservation efforts are failing them.
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Koalas are under threat from a range of factors, from urban expansion to climate change. Unfortunately there is no quick fix, and it may be that not all populations can be saved.
Koalas are again in the firing line. But should diseased animals be culled for the greater good?
Research has shown that culling koalas could help stop the spread of deadly chlamydia. But how open will Australians be to killing one our favourite animals?
One of four koalas on loan to Singapore Zoo, where they were unveiled to the public on Wednesday May 20.
Four female koalas have just made their debut in front of an adoring public at Singapore Zoo – the latest in a long line of animals used for diplomatic purposes, going back to Winston the platypus.
Recent increases in land clearing threaten Queensland’s biodiversity.
Land clearing in Queensland has tripled since 2010 after wind backs to regulations.
A koala and her joey try to reach the last leaves on a tree.
When their populations explode, killing koalas is sometimes the only way to reduce their suffering. But why do some places have too many koalas?
The royal touch - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, meet Leuca the Koala during a visit to Taronga Zoo, in Sydney, last month.
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