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Koala

Koala

Status: Least Concern
Classification: Mammals
Scientific Name: Phascolarctos cinereus

Koala or Phascolarctos cinereus is a marsupial animal that is native to Australia. Koalas are usually found in coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia particularly in Adelaide and Cape York Peninsula.

Typical Koalas has long, thick fur with darker grey and chocolate brown highlights on the forearms and back. The normal weight for male Koalas measures 12 kg (26 lbs) while 8.5 kg (19 lbs) for females.

The Koala

Koala's appearance resembles wombat, but koala has longer limbs and much larger ears. One of the most uncommon feature of Koalas is that, they are one of the few mammals to have fingerprints similar to those of human.

Koalas feed on eucalyptus leaves and other varieties such as Leptospermum, Acacia and  Melaleuca. They spend around 5 hours for eating. They eat an average of 500 grams (18 oz) of eucalyptus leaves in a day. They usually eat at night but feeding occurs at any time.

Koala is currently on the list of priority species for conservation in Australia. According to some surveys, there are about 80,000 Koalas left in the wild and other parts of Australia.

Forest fires, grazing the woodlands and other agricultural development are some of the many contributing factors that threatened the existence of Koalas.

 
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