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According to the BBC, infection rates of koalas in some regions of Australia have reached as high as 90%. But not all the news is bad - chlamydia is treatable with antibiotics while volunteers help rehabilitate the sick. With a vaccine nearing development, now is the time to act and bring the koala back from the brink of extinction.
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Quite possibly one of the cutest animals in existence, the Australian koala is facing serious health dangers. An epidemic of chlamydia has begun to ravage Australia's koala population. In koalas, chlamydia is a nasty bacterial disease with symptoms including blindness, respiratory infections, and even infertility.

Combined with other threats from habitat loss and dog attacks, koalas now face the possibility of extinction. Though chlamydia doesn't directly kill the animals, rendering them infertile means koalas could become extinct in as little as a few decades.

About 40% of Australian female koalas are now infertile. We must intervene if we are to reverse the pattern that could lead these cuddly creatures to extinction.

Sign the petition asking Australia’s Federal Environment Minister to elevate koalas to endangered status and ensure they receive the resources necessary to avert this catastrophe.

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Dear Hon. Greg Hunt, MP:

I am writing to express my concern over the current koala situation in Australia. I've learned that chlamydia is taking a huge toll on the koala population and rendering them infertile. Though chlamydia causes a range of health problems for these adorable animals, infertility is the most ominous as it threatens to extinguish the entire koala population.

Though there are treatment options, once chlamydia enters a koala's urinary tract, the animal is most often rendered infertile. With a vaccine in development, now is the time to grant the animal greater federal protection under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), providing the species with a chance of recovery.

This national emblem deserves national protection, rather than patchwork solutions offered at state and local levels that provide inadequate coverage.

Thank you for your time.

Petition Signatures


Jan 23, 2017 Betty J. Van Wicklen
Jan 23, 2017 michelle elliott
Jan 22, 2017 Mary Malatesta
Jan 22, 2017 Cindy Poole
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
Jan 22, 2017 Sherry McCullough
Jan 22, 2017 Suzanne Anderson
Jan 22, 2017 Hayley Alice Bradley
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2017 Pascale BOLLIET laissez les vivre !
Jan 22, 2017 Howard Cohen
Jan 22, 2017 Fabienne Coilin
Jan 22, 2017 Shashawna Foland
Jan 22, 2017 Yvonne Autie Please ensure that this iconic animal receives maximum protection. You cannot allow this animal to become extinct.
Jan 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2017 Franz Owczarek
Jan 20, 2017 Mary Lannon
Jan 20, 2017 Laura Trondina
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2017 Mikayla Burger
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2017 julian zrnic
Jan 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2017 Tammy Cieslak
Jan 18, 2017 Casey O'Conner
Jan 18, 2017 June M
Jan 18, 2017 pat sheehy
Jan 18, 2017 Lona Goudswaard
Jan 17, 2017 Desley Gibson Please stop wiping out our koalas
Jan 17, 2017 Pamela Lawson
Jan 17, 2017 nick jansen
Jan 17, 2017 Kevin Maisonave
Jan 17, 2017 Evelyn Badeau
Jan 17, 2017 Charity Chambers
Jan 16, 2017 Katka Oelmann
Jan 16, 2017 mandi T
Jan 16, 2017 Victoria Blackburn
Jan 16, 2017 Charmaine O'Neill Safe koala corridors need to be provided immediately. Whilst travelling at night in northern NSW a couple of days ago koalas were crawling beside the highway. It was pouring rain and the recommended speed on that stretch of road is 100km. Sth of Ballina
Jan 16, 2017 Rhonda Carr
Jan 16, 2017 Allen Olson
Jan 16, 2017 Patrick Donovan
Jan 16, 2017 linda shingles
Jan 16, 2017 mark stewart
Jan 16, 2017 Leigh Saunders
Jan 16, 2017 Marie Perry
Jan 16, 2017 Mel Green
Jan 16, 2017 Alba Chamorro
Jan 16, 2017 Stella Gambardella
Jan 16, 2017 Carol Bischoff

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