The Wonderful World of Koalas: Cute Tree Dwellers

Koalas: Cute Tree Dwellers

Mother nature has an abundance of fascinating creatures that can immediately grab your attention. Meet an amazing and adorable creature Koala, often called Koala Bear.

Koalas have been a talking point due to their cuteness and habitat, not only for wildlife researchers but also for people across the world. They have been featured in advertisements, games, cartoons, as well as soft toys.

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The most surprising fact is that half of the tourists, especially from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and European countries, prioritize the Koala in the list of animals to see. In this article, we will gather more interesting facts about the unique Koalas and their wonderful world.

Meet the cute Koala Bear.

 Koalas: Cute Tree Dwellers

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Koalas are stocky animals and can easily be recognized by their round faces, big fluffy ears, and black spoon-shaped noses. Koalas have a body length of 60-85 cm and weigh around 4-15 kg. Their bodies are covered in soft and thick fur, like whitish fur at the belly while darker at the back.

The color of the fur at the back ranges from silver gray to chocolate brown.

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Koalas are cute tree dwellers and marsupials that are native to Australia. 

 Koalas: Cute Tree Dwellers

Koalas are arboreal herbivorous marsupials, often referred to as “Koala Bears” though, they are not bears at all. They are found in coastal areas of the Mainland’s eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia. 

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Diet

A large amount of their diet includes only Eucalyptus leaves therefore, most of their population inhabits Eucalyptus woodland. In terms of climate, they range from tropical to cool temperate.  

They have long, sharp claws and padded paws that help them climb trees and grip branches while enjoying their favorite leaves. They do not need to drink water, due to the presence of high water content in their diet. 

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Koalas are sexually dimorphic: males have 50% larger bodies than females. 

Koalas spend most of their time resting and sleeping, up to 20 hours a day. 

 Koalas: Cute Tree Dwellers

Koalas are known for their sleepy and relaxed lifestyle. This is because eucalyptus leaves are not very nutritious, so they need to conserve energy. When they are awake, they enjoy eating as much as they can and groom themselves. During warm days, Koalas hug the tree to lose heat without panting, while in winter, they curl up into a tight ball to conserve energy. 

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Young Koalas are known as Joeys.

Koala Baby Joey, Clinging to the mother koala

As Koalas are marsupials, hence the young baby crawls into the mother’s pouch just after birth and remains there for the first six to seven months of their life. The young Koalas or Joeys are fully weaned for almost a year. 

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What makes Koalas special? 

Koalas are asocial, and they spend most of their time alone resting and munching on leaves. But they are not entirely anti-social and barely show agonistic behavior. 

Each Koala has its own territory, which it marks with its scent to communicate with others and establish boundaries.  

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Koala is a well-known species worldwide and has been featured in several games, soft toys, and cartoons. Its childlike body proportions and teddy bear-like face are the most prominent factors for its growing popularity. People often keep them as pets. 

 Koalas: Cute Tree Dwellers

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Koalas are listed as vulnerable species due to several reasons. Habitat loss, primarily through deforestation and urbanization, is one of the major challenges facing Koalas. Moreover, life in the wild is hazardous for Koalas and they have to struggle every day for their survival. By protecting their habitat, raising awareness, and running special conservation programs, we can save this cute tree dweller. 

Hope! you enjoyed reading about the cute Koala.

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