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Destruction of habitat sped up after koalas were listed as vulnerable

Koala habitats in NSW and Queensland has been destroyed at a faster rate since the animal was declared vulnerable in 2012 than before, a new survey shows.

In NSW, koala habitat destruction increased from an average annual loss of 11,153 hectares in the period from 2004 to 2012, to 14,695ha between 2012 and 2017, or around 32 per cent.

In Queensland, the destruction increased by about 7 per cent, from an average annual loss of 16,199ha over the period 2004-12, rising to 17,323ha for 2012 to 2018, the survey found.

Since 2001, Queensland’s koala population has crashed by at least 50 per cent and the NSW population has declined by between 33 per cent and 61 per cent, according to two new reports by science consultants Biolink.

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