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Koala Bear Facts



You may know that it comes from Australia, but what you may be surprised to discover is the fact that the Koala is not a bear, but like its Australian counterpart the Kangaroo is in fact a marsupial. In fact, the only reason the Koala is referred to as “koala bear” is because it resembles the adorable little teddy bears that are known for being cute and cuddly. Not only are koalas not bears, they also don’t have a reputation for being cuddly, though everyone admits they are extremely cute.



Koala Bears

Koalas (scientific name: Phascolarctos cinereus) are so strongly reminiscent of bears that they are commoncly called "koala bears".
As an arboreal marsupial , the Koala’s body is very similar to that of the wombat. Like kangaroos and wombats, Koala Bears carry their young in a pouch.

Their babies are called joeys (like kangaroos) and the koala babies remain in the Koala’s pouch for up to six months. What is amazing is that when the new Koala Bear, or Joey is born, he or she only measures a quarter of an inch long!
When the Joey begins the journey to the mother’s pouch they have no fur, are blind, and have no ears. They grow and develop over the next six months and drink only their mother’s milk.

Once the Joey reaches approximately six months of age, they will begin to leave the pouch. However, Koala Bears remain closely bonded with their mothers, often riding on their backs until they are twelve months old.



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Koala

Koala Habitat

Koalas are native to Australia and are not indigenous to any other regions. Interestingly, the Koala is not found in Western Australia nor is it found in Tasmania.

Not only are they herbivores, but also their diet consists mainly of Eucalyptus leaves. They have very slow digestive systems and due to this they are a very slow moving animal. The Koala sleeps up to nineteen hours per day, the remaining five hours is spent eating and gathering food.

In some aspects, Koala Bears are very similar to humans. They have fingerprints, that when looked at under the microscope, are nearly indistinguishable from human fingerprints. Additionally, Koalas live in societal groups. They stay in groups and from lasting relationships with other members of their community. What is very interesting to note, is that within these societies, Koalas become very territorial and institute a home range. A home range is the Koala’s territory and includes a specific location including trees.

Koalas each have their own individual trees, though some home range boundaries overlap with other Koalas and they live harmoniously with one another. Within the Koala community, the Koala bear may mark their trees with scent and they also spend a great deal of time communicating. Mothers and young communicate by making clicking or humming noises, however there is one sound that all Koalas make.

It is a high piercing shriek that signals warning or distress. Many people liken the sound to that of a baby crying or screaming.

Koala Food

Koalas rely heavily upon the Eucalyptus tree; therefore, they are threatened when the Eucalypt Forest is harvested. Currently, nearly eighty percent of the Eucalypt Forest has been destroyed and of the remaining twenty percent, none is protected by the government.

In fact,most of the Eucalypt Forest is privately owned land. Harvesting combined with forest fires and disease places the Koala Bear at great risk. Therefore it is very important that steps are taken to ensure that the Koala is protected and that conservation ensures the native Eucalypt Forest is preserved.

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Koala Facts
The Koala demonstrates some passing resemblance to a "teddy-bear"; possibly this is the reason for it being often referred to as the "koala bear".

But Koala is marsupials and it totally unrelated to bears and share very few ecological similarities with them.

Koala Facts
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  • Name: Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Subclass: Theria
  • Order: Diprotodontia
  • Family: Phascolarctidae
  • Length of life: About 20 years.
  • Size: Males about 77cm and females about 71cm
  • Weight: southern males about 11.6 kg and souther females 7.8 kg
    Northern males about 6.3 kg and northern females about 5 kg
  • Habitat: Eucalypt forests
  • Diet: Eucalyptus trees
  • Gestation: about 35 days
  • Cubs: usually 1 and rarely 2 twins cubs
  • Genus: Phascolarctos
  • Koala Predators: Human and occasionally the european fox and dingos (prey on cubs)
  • Distribution: South Australia, New South Wales , Victoria and Queensland
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Koala Bear
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