Koala Information

Features of a Koala

Though often called the koala “bear” this cuddly animal is not a bear at all; it is a marsupial, or pouched mammal. The koala is an arboreal marsupial native to Australia. They are small, round, furry marsupials, meaning they carry their newborns in a pouch located on the outside of their stomachs. They weigh about 30 pounds and on average grow to be 2 feet tall. Koalas don’t have a very long lifespan; they can only live up to 17 years.

Koalas Adaptations Male Koala

Koalas have thick grey and white fur. There is a thicker grey coat of fur on their bottoms to cushion them since they spend most of their days sitting on branches. Their thick fur coat also helps them regulate body temperature. At night time it keeps them warm and during the day it releases heat so that they stay cool. Koalas have sharp claws, roughly skinned paws and opposable thumbs. They have these features to help them climb on trees and make it so they don't fall. Koalas also depend on two of there major senses to get around. They rely on their senses of smelling and hearing. These small animals have poor eyesight, but lucky for them they have big furry ears to help them detect predators, and they have large noses to help them find food. The more you learn about koalas the more you will realize how unique and special these creatures are. Koalas are special for so many reasons that you will never know.