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Why Koalas Get Chlamydia
2013-04-10 15:04:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Blame it on their small stature. Blame it on their soft fur. For what could be a myriad of reasons, Koalas would almost certainly win the “Most Cuddly” award amongst all of the familiar marsupials. Sadly, like all other creatures — cute and ugly alike — Koalas also have a tendency to get sick from time to time. According Dr. Adam Polkinghorne and a host of researchers with Queensland University of...

Australias Government Gives Koalas Threatend Species Status
2012-05-01 06:32:21

For the first time ever, koalas in some parts of Australia have been listed as a threatened species by the Australian government. Facing serious threats from climate change and urban expansion, koala populations in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Queensland have made their way onto the nation´s vulnerable species list. The list was created to keep development away from the areas where the koalas are threatened. Over the past 2 decades, the koala population has...

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2009-04-13 06:25:00

A report said that close to 90 percent of koalas in Japanese zoos are infected with a virus that is believed to cause leukemia in the marsupials. The Daily Yomiuri reported that researchers at the Institute for Virus Research Kyoto University and the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums tested the blood of 50 of the 62 koalas kept in Japan. According to the paper, the koala retrovirus was detected in all 38 northeastern koalas, and in four of 11 southern koalas. The virus is not...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'