The Koala

The "koala bear" is not a bear at all!

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Diprotodontia

Family: Phascolarctidae

Genus: Phascolarctos

Species: Phascolarctos cinereus



The koala lives in southeastern Australia. It lives in the eucalyptus tree and its diet consists of the tree's leaves. They are herbivores. You could call them lazy, because they are nocturnal and sleep for approximately 18-20 hours every day. When they do move, they climb slowly on the trees. They are not social creatures. Their only interactions are between the mother and her offspring. They are on the endangered list. They are closely related to possums, kangaroos, and wombats.

This is a koala being tickled. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KW3E9uikgI