The koala population in Australia has been declining in the last 20 years with more than 80%. If this continues koalas might be extinct in some regions. There is a way to save these animals. Researchers have found a plan that can help them.
They discovered that daylight time saving might be a great solution for saving these animals from being killed. Most of the koala deaths are caused by car crashes because these animals are active at dawn and dusk when drivers don’t have the necessary light to avoid them.
Daylight saving time could be a great way to stop the car and motorcycle crashes. The researchers calculated that the deaths of the koala population could decline by more than 11% on weekends and 8% on weekdays. Although it seems like a small decline adding the number shows that this is the change that could save the koala population from Australia.
The researchers focused on the koala population from Queensland, Australia. They mentioned that they hope that their study will make a difference. Queensland is a state in the northeastern part of Australia. They haven’t practiced daylight saving time since 1992. Despite the fact that people are trying to bring this practice back, nothing has happened since then.
The authors of the study mentioned that daylight saving time can bring many benefits, especially to nocturnal animals. The biggest benefit is that there will be fewer vehicles on the road after twilight. This means that there will be fewer crashes as well.
This is a great benefit for nocturnal animals because they sleep all day and become active at night when there is no light and some drivers can’t avoid them. This is why there are so many koalas killed by cars.
Daylight saving time is a great solution for nocturnal animals in Queensland. The researchers mentioned that the results might be different for other parts of Australia because they focused only on that part. They said that due to the fact that the traffic patterns are different in other areas, the results will be different as well.
This study showed that one solution for helping the koala population from Queensland is to practice daylight saving time. Let’s hope that the authorities are convinced by the study.
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