Koalas are not bears! These Australian native animals are Marsupials, which means that they carry their young in a pouch. Koalas have two thumbs on their front paws – to help them climb, to hold onto the tree and to grip their food.
When Koalas are born, they are only 2 centimetres long, which is about as big as a jellybean! They have no fur and their eyes and ears are still closed, and ride in it’s mother’s backward-facing 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 at about 1 year old. Koalas are fully grown by their third or fourth year.
There are about 600 varieties of eucalypt trees (gumtrees). Koalas only eat leaves from about 120 of these trees. Koalas in a specific area would prefer to eat only about 4-6 different types. Koalas don’t normally need to drink as they get all the moisture they need from the gumleaves.
Probably only between 40,000 to 80,000 Koalas remain in Australia. Most of their habitat has already been lost. A forest can only have a certain number of Koalas living in it, otherwise they get hungry and sick.
Koalas are nocturnal animals, which means that they sleep in the daytime, and move around and feed at night. So if you see a Koala during the day they are may seem slow moving and lazy!
Check out this video of our unique wildlife in the wild day tour from Sydney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W0Clr1qF20