Are We Killing The Koalas?

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Are We Killing The Koalas?

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SAVING THE LEGENDARY ICON FROM EXTINCTION

Bushfires, climate change, habitat destruction – popular belief is that koalas are headed for extinction by 2050. Everyone has read the harrowing headlines – but this intriguing one-hour special investigates the much more complex situation that faces this beloved national icon.

Explorer and Conservationist Professor Tim Flannery meets scientists, veterinarians and researchers all working to understand the real threats koalas face, and how they can be avoided.

Tim ventures thirty years into the future, witnessing first-hand the effects of climate change, tracking down one of the world’s most elusive and endangered mammals, and revealing a koala vaccine developed with plans to also prevent human disease. He also looks at how Bluetooth is saving urban koalas from extinction, and gets up close and personal with koala poo – does it hold the secret to ensuring the koala’s survival?

Are We Killing The Koalas? offers an unvarnished and surprising view on the threats the koala faces, as it explores the realities of survival and the potential solutions available to protect this precious species.

Part of the Catalyst series

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Catalyst
Australian Broadcasting Corporation