Overview, Critical Assessment, and Conservation Implications of Koala Distribution and Abundance

  title={Overview, Critical Assessment, and Conservation Implications of Koala Distribution and Abundance},
  author={A. Melzer and F. Carrick and P. Menkhorst and D. Lunney and Barbara St. John},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
Regional and national surveys provide a broadscale description of the koala's present distribution in Australia. A detailed understanding of its distribution is precluded, however, by past and continuing land clearing across large parts of the koala's range. Koala population density increased in some regions during the late 1800s and then declined dramatically in the early 1900s. The decline was associated with habitat loss, hunting, disease, fire, and drought. Declines are continuing in… Expand
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