Koala colonies

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

MEL­BOURNE: Bush­fires have wiped out about half the koalas liv­ing on a coastal re­serve in New South Wales, ex­perts es­ti­mated on Fri­day, as a record num­ber of in­tense fires rage around the Aus­tralian state. A fierce early start to the bush­fire sea­son brought a blaze at the Lake Innes Na­ture Re­serve that de­stroyed two-thirds of the koalas’ habi­tat last month, leav­ing the rest un­der threat from one of 15 ma­jor blazes in the south­east­ern state.

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