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We were about to leave and return the next day for more when I spotted a young woman holding a cat and crying her eyes out at the front desk. I asked staff what was going on and found out she was giving the cat up.
George and Caroline, from Longboat Key, FL
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Observers have long been commenting on the koala's drastic decline, noting a 95% decrease in population since the 1990s. The latest threat for Australia's iconic animal comes in the form of chlamydia. According to a new article from the BBC, infection rates in some regions have reached as high as 90%.
But concerned citizens are making a difference, petitioning the Australian government to act before it is too late. Volunteers, meanwhile, help rehabilitate sick and wounded koalas before returning them to the wild. And generous gifts help make this possible.