Koalas Face Extinction SHORTAGE OF FOOD ON PHILLIP ISLAND. 15 April 1950

Koalas Face Extinction (1950, April 15). Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/95690875?searchTerm=koalas%20face%20extinction#

Melbourne April 14.— Hundreds of koala bears face extinction on Phillip Island because of a short age of food. Thousands of manna gums the leaves of which the koalas eat have been cut down and burnt in recent years.
Now the number of bears has dropped alarmingly, and threatens to drop further unless moves are made to reafforest many parts of the island. The last bear census on Phillip Island indicated that hundreds of bears had disappeared over the last five years.
Phillip Island is a popular holiday area at the mouth of Western Port, about 50 miles from Mel-
bourne. The bears are the island’s major holiday attraction.