(Sky News) Koalas are “functionally extinct” in their native Australia, it has been declared.

The Australian Koala Foundation’s chairman Deborah Tabart says there are no more than 80,000 koalas in the country and, while this might seem like a lot, there are not enough breeding adults to support the next generation.

She said the number was a fraction of the eight million koalas shot for fur and sent to London between 1890 and 1927.

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