Koala Phascolarctos cinereus

Common Name: Koala

Scientific Name: Phascolarctos cinereus

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Distribution and habitat: Koalas are found in eastern and south-eastern Australia, but not in Tasmania. They live in eucalypt forests and woodlands.

Feeding: The Koala eats eucalypt leaves. In a given area, a koala may eat leaves from only a few species of eucalypts. It may occasionally eat leaves from other trees such as acacias and bottlebrushes.

Breeding: Koalas breed from August to February. The female is pregnant for 35 days then gives birth to a single young, called a joey. The joey stays in its mother’s pouch and drinks her milk for 6 months. It leaves the pouch and rides on its mother’s back until it is weaned at 12 months of age.

Did you know? Koalas sleep for 18 – 22 hours each day!

* Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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