Koalas are currently threatened by habitat fragmentation and modification, bushfires, and disease, but their main threat is habitat destruction.
Current threats to the koala include continued habitat destruction, fragmentation, and modification (which makes them vulnerable to predation by dogs, vehicle strikes, and other factors), bushfires, and disease, as well as drought-associated mortality in habitat fragments. Koalas are also threatened by the microorganism Chlamydia psittaci, which can make them sterile.
Currently, the koala’s main threat is habitat destruction.
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• Sources | (Dubuc & Eckroad, 1999; MacDonald, 1995; Woinarski & Burbidge, 2020; Woinarski, Burbidge, & Harrison, 2014)