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Old 01-18-2010, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default Koalas in Australia dying from AIDS, habitat loss

Koalas in Australia dying from AIDS, habitat loss
By Anna Coren, CNN
Dec 13, 2009
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/12/13/australia.koalas/
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Koalas generate almost US$1 billion for the Australian economy, thanks to tourists who come to see this national icon. But these cuddly creatures are under serious threat from infectious disease and habitat loss and some scientists believe they are facing extinction.

"Extinction is inevitable in some areas," according to Dr Jon Hanger, a veterinary scientist at Australia Zoo's Wildlife Hospital. "I certainly hope we don't see it across Australia. But if we don't take the decline seriously and pick up on the warning signs now it's certainly a risk."
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