Family - Phascolarctidae


Koalas are found in South Eastern Australia and have been described as an "ash colored pouched bear". But they are not a bear they are a mammal (meaning they feed their young on Milk) and are a Marsupial (meaning they carry their developing young mostly in a pouch) the name koala, comes from the Aboriginal saying that means "no drink". The Koala obtains enough moisture from the eucalypt leaves that it lives on Because of the reliance on its one food source Koalas are found where there are suitable Eucalypt forests (Gum trees) and woodlands which is along Australia's East coast and inland of the mountain range known as the "Great Dividing Range" The Koala prefers to move around neither in daylight or night, but rather just after sunset. Usually daytimes are spent asleep in the fork of a tree, as 80% of its time is spent sleeping For a couple of hours after sunset it will move around quite a bit feeding and can often be heard "barking" aggressively at other koalas. It does though at times feed at night and during the day. Koalas are solitary animals having its own specific home range.

Author: Michael L
Published: 01/2012