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Koalas may become extinct in Australia's New South Wales by 2050


Koala Sabrina and her 10-month-old joey Sapphire, produced by artificial insemination, are seen at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Gold Coast October 30, 2006. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Koalas in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) could become extinct by 2050 unless the government immediately intervenes to protect them and their habitat, a parliamentary inquiry determined after a year-long inquiry.

Land clearing for agriculture, urban development, mining and forestry had been the biggest factor in the fragmentation and loss of habitat for the animals in NSW, the country's most populous state, over several decades.

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