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Australia Increases Efforts to Protect Koalas

Koalas are officially listed as at risk of disappearing in New South Wales, Australia. Now, the state's government has $34-million plan to protect the beloved animals.

Koalas have large, hairy ears. They have especially sharp claws, which help them climb trees. They are marsupials, meaning they carry their babies in an opening of skin on the mother's stomach. The animals are native to Australia, and are described in many Aboriginal stories of creation.

Over the last 20 years, the koala population in New South Wales has fallen by 25 percent. About 36,000 koalas remain. The animals' numbers have fallen in other parts of Australia, too.

As part of its plan, the government of New South Wales is setting aside nearly 25,000 hectares of forest where koalas will be able to breed freely.

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