Now here's some good news! Researchers say the discovery of a koala population in the Kosciuszko National Park in NSW could mean the species is resilient to climate change.
The mating calls of koalas have been recorded at 14 sites in the parks within the park's Byadbo Wilderness Area in the past seven months, at elevations higher than they are usually found.
Byadbo Wilderness Area's elevation ranges from 400 metres to 1,450 metres and NSW Environment Minister James Griffin said there had previously been only 16 koala observations in the park in the past 80 years.
"It's showing that Kosciuszko National Park may be a new refuge for this iconic Australian species," he told the ABC.
He said the discovery was "significant" and could help with the government's goal to double the state's endangered koala population by 2050.
"This most recent find … means that we've got more work to do in Kosciuszko to help identify where else they may be in the largest national park in NSW, but equally demonstrates that they're persisting and recovering."
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