A report claims koalas are ‘functionally extinct’ – but what does that mean?

 

Today the Australian Koala Foundation announced they believe “there are no more than 80,000 koalas in Australia”, making the species “functionally extinct”.

The term “functionally extinct” can describe a few perilous situations. In one case, it can refer to a species whose population has declined to the point where it can no longer play a significant role in their ecosystem. For example, it has been used to describe dingoes in places where they have become so reduced they have a negligible influence on the species they prey on.

via A report claims koalas are ‘functionally extinct’ – but what does that mean?

https://theconversation.com/we-must-rip-up-our-environmental-laws-to-address-the-extinction-crisis-116746

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