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This Heartbreaking Photo Shows The Devastating Effect Deforestation Has On Wildlife

Take only trees, leave only ravished landscapes full of stranded animals.

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This is a photo of Ash the koala, standing in the remains of what was once her home.

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In a series of photo uploaded to the Wildcare Australia Facebook, the group describes the series of events that led to Ash being without a home.

"This young female koala "Ash" was rescued late this afternoon by one of our volunteers," it says.

"Ash was found wandering disorientated in the middle of a large development site on the northern end of the Gold Coast which has only recently been cleared. This would have been Ash's home range since she became independent from her mother."

Jessica Panegyres, the Forest Campaigner from Greenpeace, told BuzzFeed News Australia is seeing an unacceptable amount of habitat destruction over development plans.

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"Much better forest protection is vital if we are to keep our unique wildlife from moving to the brink of extinction," she said.

"This is heartbreaking to see, particularly when Australia's most at-risk populations of koalas are in Queensland, as well as New South Wales and the ACT."

"There is clearly something very wrong with Australia's level of environmental protection when koalas are wandering the streets without a home. We should be doing all we can to save these protected animals - not leaving them homeless."

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Wildcare Australia for comment.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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