Hey, g'day! we in Aus care about our environment heaps. We have this problem though, its simply this. Our eco system is delicate, difficult and full of extreems in climate, we have natural bushfires, floods, droughts and a distinct lack of resources and manpower to deal with it all. We have a huge country with people mainly living in coastal areas. So when a bush fire starts from a lightning strike miles from anywhere usually way out of reach, what are we expected to do? Yes we care but its not always possible to do anything about it.
Koalas are reasonably well protected by our conservation laws, which are extensive, but to give you some idea, during the fires of 2003 in the snowy mountains, and accross the east coast, millions of animals died, birds dropped from the skies semi cooked, and the koala population which had been regenerated in the Kosiosko national park, was lost, all except one which became a local hero and has remained the hope for another generation in that area.Of course other areas had koalas, but yes this was a huge loss.As for kangaroos, well, i personally think we dont treat them as well as we could, but most people care a lot, recently a cull was intended to reduce numbers, because they do breed very fast and they eat the sparce vegetation during the drought to the point where really there are too many for the land to support. The cull was stopped due to an public outcry, which unfortunateley may lead to their starvation instead. We the people want our land to be full of wildlife, which generally it is, but we all suffer when the environment is dead set on killing all of us, animals and humans too, this country is hard and unforgiving , only the strongest survive, which is how it should be. The National Zoo and Aquarium in the A.C.T. actually fly the perfect eucalyptus leaves in for their collection of Koalas at huge expense every day. There are other wildlife parks, and 'zoo's that also do similar things for their animals, check out Australia Zoo , that's Bindi Irwin's Dads place...the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin dedicated his life to wildlife conservation...its big here, conservation, even those animals and species that few people know about are well researched and protected both locally (like it only takes a threatened species to stop a whole urban developement in its tracks) and Nationally.We have huge areas of Native wildlife habitats, Wilderness areas , State and national forest...check out our new fishing restrictions up the east Coast, Or search for info on Kakadoo National Forest...there must be millions of Koalas ,Roos, frogmouth owls, Eagles, Lizards and dragons up there, all almost impossible to reach, let alone see, Koalas are almost invisible up in the tree tops, but we aussies know when they are there or not, yes we do vote on conservation issues, and we almost always win for our animal life.