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A New Inquiry Warns Koalas Are Facing Extinction In The Wild By 2050

Heartbreaking news from Australia: a year-long New South Wales parliamentary inquiry revealed that without urgent intervention, koalas will likely be extinct in parts of Australia before 2050. The investigation found that "loss of habitat, fragmented populations, and fire" have been major threats to koalas.

A New Inquiry Warns Koalas Are Facing Extinction In The Wild By 2050 | NBN News O NEWS @nbnnews A year-long inquiry into koalas has found, without urgent intervention, our national icon faces extinction before 2050.
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The different perspectives of environment's destruction, climate change, and species extinction in one animated short video called "Turning Point". 

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Animals That Were On The Brink Of Extinction And Are Now Thriving

Sometimes, life...finds a way. Cue the Jurassic Park theme song

In all seriousness, this is really incredible. All these animals were so very close to extinction but overcame the odds and now are thriving! Just the kind of uplifting news we need in this world.

Learn more about each species below (commentary by MentalFloss):

amazing life of animals that make remarkable extinction comebacks
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Scientists Just Discovered That Penguins Used To Be Human-Sized

Penguins aren't exactly formidable creatures, are they? Although Emperor penguins can reach up to 4 feet 2 inches, they always seem super friendly and cute. Now imagine a penguin the same height as you. That changes things. Penguins the size of humans... the idea sounds like it comes from science fiction. But it actually just comes from science. It was recently discovered that giant penguins used to exist. We are not kidding. 

giant human sized penguin fossilized bones found in New Zealand
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Blue Parrot That Inspired The Movie 'Rio' Has Officially Been Declared Extinct In The WIld

The Spix's macaw, or as most would recognize as the parrot from the animated film Rio, heads the list of first bird extinction confirmed this decade. You can read more of this story at Birdlife.org.

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