Although this species is listed in the ‘least concern’ category due to it wide distribution there is still concern for the future of the species. The biggest concern for this species is habitat destruction, and forest fragmentation. Another, less well-known problem is the widespread presence of Chlamydia, a disease caused by a pathogenic bacterium. In healthy populations, individuals with the disease are not unhealthy, but when animals are found living in abnormally high concentrations, due to deforestation or bushfires, these same individuals start to show symptoms and become unwell.
In some areas of Australia the numbers of koalas have actually increased in the past 100 years. although millions of koalas were hunted for their beautiful thick fur in the late 19th and early 20th century for the fur trade.