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Thousands of koalas feared dead in Australia wildfires

The mid-north coast of New South Wales was home to up to 28,000 koalas, but wildfires in the area in recent months have significantly reduced their population.

SYDNEY, NSW — Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing Australia's iconic marsupial, while the fire danger increased in the country's east as temperatures soared. 

RELATED: Burned koala, whose rescue from wildfire was caught on video, has died

The mid-north coast of New South Wales was home to up to 28,000 koalas, but wildfires in the area in recent months have significantly reduced their population. 

Koalas are native to Australia and are one of the country's most beloved animals, but they've been under threat due to a loss of habitat. Environment Minister Sussan Ley told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that up to 30 percent of their habitat has been destroyed by the wildfires. 

Editor's note: The video in the player above is of a koala rescue several weeks ago. Sadly, the koala has since died.

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