This Sad Photo of a Lost Koala in Its Former Home Shows the Grim Future for Wildlife | One Green Planet

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this photo, posted by Wildcare Australia, speaks volumes about the grim future in store for many of the world’s wildlife populations.

Koala in former bushland

The animal, who has since been taken to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, was spotted meandering through a construction site in Pimpama, Queensland that was forest land only a few weeks ago. Prior to the start of construction, the Gold Coast City Council, in cooperation with the people at the Koala Conservation Project made sure to remove any animals that they could find. However, because koalas are creatures of habit who regularly return to the same areas to feed, many of the animals are returning to find that there is nothing left. This heartbreaking scene is becoming all too common as Australia, like many other places, is clearing new land for human habitation.

Karen Scott, a representative of Wildcare Australia spoke with the Brisbane Times about this issue: “I…

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