Fascinating Facts


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  • Koalas are not bears. They are MARSUPIALS, which means that they carry their young in a pouch.










  • The biggest problem for Koalas is that their bushland (or "habitat") is being cut down to make way for houses.



  • Koalas have two thumbs on their front paws - to help them climb, to hold onto the tree and to grip their food.





  • Koalas are mostly NOCTURNAL animals. This means that they sleep in the daytime, and move around and feed at night.




  • An adult koala eats about 1/2 - 1 kilogram of leaves each night.




  • Koalas' fur is different in different parts of Australia. In the southern parts of Australia it is longer and shaggier than in the north, in order to keep them warm in the cold southern winters.


  • The male Koala has a dark scent gland in the center of his chest. He rubs this on the tree in order to mark his territory.




  • Koalas also communicate with each other by making a noise like a snore and then a belch, known as a "bellow".

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  • Koalas on mainland Australia produce on average, one young every two years.






  • When Koalas are born, they are only 2 centimetres long, which is about as big as a jellybean!
  • At birth, Koala joeys have no fur and their eyes and ears are still closed.




  • The Koala joey rides in it's mother's pouch for about 5 or 6 months, and drinks milk from its mother's nipple. After that, it rides on its mother's back until it leaves home to take care of itself.




  • Koala babies are known as 'joeys'. 
  • You can adopt your own Joey here!




  • There are about 600 varieties of eucalypts. Koalas Australia wide eat only about 120 of these. Koalas in a specific area would prefer to eat only about 4-6 different types.
  • Eucalypts (gumtrees) are both food and homes for the Koalas.



  • A forest can only have a certain number of Koalas living in it, otherwise they get hungry and sick.






  • Koalas are protected by law, but their homes and food aren't.

(Friends of the Koala)


  • Koalas don't normally need to drink as they get all the moisture they need from the gumleaves. However, they can drink if necessary, such as in times of drought.



(Koala Land)


  • When Koalas become upset and worried ("stressed") by the loss of their homes, they may get a disease called " Chlamydia".

(The Green Journal)


  • Dogs and cars kill many Koalas each year.



  • Probably around 80,000 Koalas remain in Australia possibly only as many as 43,000. Most of their habitat has already been lost. This makes it very important to preserve what is left.





While Koalas can be seen in many zoos, don’t you think it would be very sad if there were none left in the wild? This may happen if we continue to allow their habitat to be destroyed at the present rate.