Unless immediate action is taken, koalas could be extinct in New South Wales by 2050. According to a new report by a cross-party group of New South Wales lawmakers, habitat loss, disease and climate change have ravaged the species. It has been estimated that more than 5,000 koalas lost their lives and almost 24% of their habitats were destroyed in the devastating bushfires in the region last year. The report urged lawmakers to ensure that the remaining population does not perish in these conditions. The committee even made some recommendations which could help save the species including establishing new national parks in identified areas and reducing land clearing.