Koalas are a native of Australia, predominantly found on the coastal regions of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and parts of South Australia, with the largest concentrations in New South Wales and Victoria.
As recently as a hundred years ago, koalas were widespread in Australia - especially in Victoria and New South Wales.
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Land clearance, often accompanied by burning, destroyed much of their natural habitat and huge numbers of koalas were killed for the fur trade. In 1924, more than two million skins were exported.
Slaughter on this scale came close to wiping out the species. Only a few thousand koalas survived before protective measures were taken.
They are now a protected species with sanctuaries flourishing in Victoria and Queensland. They have been reintroduced into south Australia where they have become locally extinct.
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