The number of koala bears has dropped a lot in the last few years. Aren't they cute?!
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Koala Bears on Endangered List
News story originally written on May 15, 2000
The United States recently added the Koala bear to the endangered list. If you are thinking that Koalas aren't found in the wild in the U.S., you're right. But the government is hoping they can help koalas in Australia.
By adding this cuddly animal to the list, people will no longer be able to bring koalas into the states. Scientists also think everyone will now be more aware of the dangers of cutting down trees. Koalas live on eucalyptus trees, and a large percentage of these special plants are being cut down.
The United States and Australia are working together to save the koalas from extinction.
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