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SHRINKING HABITAT HURTING THE HEALTH OF KOALAS

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Australia's koala has fallen victim to a contagious disease and malnutrition because of constriction of its habitat by human encroachment that limits its supply of eucalyptus trees, its only food and home.

Some 40 percent of koalas are infected with a disease that causes blindness, bladder and kidney infections, infertility and death.Koalas are nocturnal, solitary tree dwellers. The non-profit Australian Koala Foundation is setting up a U.S. Koala Foundation to expand funding for biological and environmental research grants for Australian and American scientists.