The Koala fits into the category of animals known as Marsupials. They are small in size with an overall size of 2 or 3 feet. They can range in weight 10 to 30 pounds. The males are larger that the females. Those that live in the North are smaller than those in other parts of Australia.


:Koala aren't bears by any means but that is a name that has often stuck due to their physical characteristics.

:Koala have thick hair that covers their body including their ears.

:Koala have fingers with nails on them and opposable thumbs.

:Koala have thick pads on the fingers an toes so that they can grip and climb as they move around in trees.

:When a Koala is born it is very small. After 1 month the cub is 1cm long.

:The Koala cub is blind from being in it's mother's pouch for 5 months.

:Koala live on the East Coast of Australia.

:They live and sleep in the Eucalyptus Trees, It's hot, light, and dry there.

:Koala will live for 20 or more years.



Interesting Facts

:Koala nickname is a Native Bear.

:Koala are warm-blooded.

:The Koala young is called a cub.

:The young drink milk from it's mother.

:The Koala might look cuddly but the Koala has very sharp teeth and very sharp claws.

:Koala have white on the underside and gray on the rest of it's body.

:The Koala has big ears and a big nose.

:A baby Koala is called a 'joey'.

:Koalas cannot be kept legally as pets.

:The closest living relative of the Koala is the Wombat.

Koalas have similar fingerprints to humans.

:Koala fossils found in Australia have been dated as long ago as 20 million years.

:The brain size of modern Koalas has reduced substantially from their ancestors, possibly as an adaption to the low energy they get from their diets.


:Loss of habitat.

:Increased disturbance by humans.

:Injury or death from traffic.

:Effects of garden pesticides getting into waterways.

:Increased competition for food and territory because of overcrowding.

:Increased stress on animals, making them more susceptible to disease.


:Diseases that flows through the air

:Other threats

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