Koala

‎Phascolarctidae

The Koala is famed throughout the world and is often, mistakenly, called a bear. The Koala lives solely on a low energy diet of eucalypt leaves and spends up to 20 hours per day sleeping. Perhaps more sloth-like in habits than bear-like, but nonetheless a marsupial that has a pouch for protecting the newborn young (joey), that are born in the very early stages of development and develop in the mother’s pouch for around 6 months. Bears are eutherian mammals, which have a placenta to nourish the young as they develop within the body, and give birth to their young at a well-developed stage.

Koala

Koala

What does it look like?  The Koala is a stocky, arboreal marsupial, with thick greyish fur (shorter and paler in north, and longer and more brownish in south). Ears round and woolly, and nose smooth, black and vertically oval-shaped. Where is it found?   Eastern Australia, from north-eastern Qld (south of Cape York Peninsula), through central and eastern NSW and Vic (and along Murray River), t...