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Koalas

Koalas

Koalas are not bears.

They are not placental or ‘eutherian’ mammals, but marsupials, which means that their young are born immature & they develop further in the safety of a pouch. It’s incorrect to call them ‘Koala bears’ – their correct name is simply ‘Koalas’.

Koalas measure about 60 to 85 centimeters (24 to 33 inches) long, and weigh about 14 kilograms(31 pound).

The koalas cute and cuddly looks makes them is one of the most loved marsupial mammals to people of all ages.

Koalas have large noses that are coloured pink or black.

Koalas only spend 15 minutes a day in social activity.

Koala was hunted until the 1920s, after which the Australian Government was forced to protect them. Unfortunately, many koala had been killed before, and since then have become extinct animals. Fortunately, they reproduce and are protected from hunters. However, the habitat for the koala is disappearing and they are actually endangered species.

The Eucalyptus tree is not protected and as more of these trees are cut down, the numbers of Koalas are reduced.

It is estimated that there are likely to be less than 80,000 Koalas remaining in Australia today and it could be as low as 43,000.

Koalas cannot be kept legally as pets.

Koala facts teach us that while there are more than 600 varieties of Eucalyptus available in the Koala’s habitat, the animal really loves to eat roughly 30 of these species.

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