The Australian government has listed one of its national symbols, the koala bear, as a threatened species in some parts of the country.
Speaking in Sydney Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke said he received advice from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee before taking the decision.
It is believed that millions of koalas inhabited Australia before British settlers arrived. The hunting and slaughter of the animals for their furs in the 1920s devastated the species in some areas.
Public outrage put an end to the practice but numbers have never fully recovered, with estimates on the population varying from several hundred thousand to as few as 43,515.