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Found along the coastal areas of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, Koala are easily identified by their large oval-shaped nose and cute fluffy ears. Koalas can measure between 60 - 85cm in length and up to 15 kg and range in colour from silvery grey to brown. Koala's in the Southern states have thicker fur than those in the north - an adaption to help stay warm in the cooler climate.
Koala's are herbivores, surviving entirely on eucalyptus leaves. It's because of this limited diet that Koala's are mostly sedentary, nocturnal animals, sleeping from 18 and up to 22 hours a day. Eucapytpus leaves contain toxin which take a long time and lots of energy to digest, so Koala's sleep a lot to conserve energy and help burn their food.
The name Koala is thought to have meant 'no drink' in one of the Aboriginal languages and came about because Koala's don't drink very often, getting moisture from the eucalyptus leaves they eat. There are over 600 eucalyptus trees, but Koala's are very fussy eaters and only munch on a few of these.
Like the Kangaroo, Koala's are marsupials. The females give birth to underdeveloped babies that crawl into their pouch until they grow big and strong enough to make it on their own. They are also known to ride around on mum's back until they get too big! Baby Kangaroos and Koala's are both called Joeys...
Koalas have two opposable fingers or thumbs on their front paws, which help them hold firmly onto branches and climb. Two of the fingers on their hind paws are fused together which they use for grooming.
Koala's were listed as “vulnerable” under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in 2012 and are at risk of extinction. Numbers have declined significantly and the Australian Koala Foundation estimates that there could be as few as 43,000 Koala's remaining.
Loss of habitat due to tree clearing for roads and houses is one of the biggest threats to Koala numbers, but death and injury from dogs and cats, traffic incidents and bush fires are also contributing to the loss in Koala numbers.
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