Koalas are facing endangered status because of so many reasons. We need to protect them. There is one organization working for the conservation of the Koalas in Australia called Australian Koala Foundation. You can help them protect Koalas by donating or providing any kind of support.
Let’s get started with top 10 facts about Koalas.
1. Koala’s are native to Australia
Koalas are native to Australia. They are found in coastal areas of the mainland's eastern and southern regions in Australia. Koalas from the northern populations are smaller and lighter in color than their counterparts further south.
2. Koalas can be easily spotted because of their unique body features.
Koala can be easily recognized because of its stout, tailless body and large head with round, fluffy ears and large, spoon-shaped nose.
3. Koala’s can weigh 4-15 KGs.
The Koala’s are 60-85 cm in height and weigh around 4–15 kg.
4. Once upon a time most of South Australia's koalas were killed in the 20th century.
Most of South Australia's koalas were killed in the 20th century, but they were resettled here in Victoria. Its fingers resemble those of a human
5. Did you know you can't hug a Koala in Australia?
In the Australian State of New South Wales, as with most other States, it is illegal for any zoo or sanctuary to allow a visitor to hold a koala. Only trained accredited rangers are allowed to hold a koala. This is a sensible law as it protects koalas from being stressed because a human wants to give it a hug.
Source: Walk About Park
6. Koalas are sleepy animals.
Koalas are largely sedentary and sleep up to twenty hours a day.
7. Koalas are Marsupial animals.
Being marsupials, koalas give birth to underdeveloped young that crawl into their mothers' pouches, where they stay for the first six to seven months of their lives. Marsupials are the group of pouched mammals. The young Koalas in their mother’s pouch are known as joeys.
8. Koalas have very few enemies.
They have few natural predators and parasites. Koalas’ are threatened by various pathogens, such as Chlamydiaceae bacteria and the koala retrovirus.
9. Koalas are vulnerable species.
Koalas are listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
10. In February 2022, the Australian Government declared the koalas as an endangered species.
On February 11, 2022, the Australian government declared the koala an endangered species in the Australian Capital Territory.
11. Koalas have fingerprints similar to humans.
They’ve fingerprints that are almost identical to human ones. Not even careful analysis under a microscope can easily distinguish the loopy, whirling ridges on koalas' fingers from our own. Source: Live Science
12. Koalas don’t have to drink much water.
Koalas are herbivorous, and while most of their diet consists of eucalypt leaves. Since eucalypt leaves have a high water content, the koala does not need to drink often.