Koala Fact Sheet

Common Name:

Koala

Scientific Name:

Phascolarctos cinereus

Wild Status:

Vulnerable

Habitat:

Eucalypt woodlands

Country:

Austrailia

Shelter:

Trees

Life Span:

13-18 yrs

Size:

Length: 24-33" // Weight: 9-33 lbs

Cool Facts:

  • Koalas are marsupials. When they are born, they live and nurse inside the pouch on their mom's belly.
  • Koalas sleep for up to 20 hours a day.
  • They only eat eucalyptus leaves and rarely drink water. They get most of the water they need from their food.
  • They have a special digestive tracts that helps break down the poison from eucalyptus leaves.
  • Koalas are endemic to Australia.

Details:

Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Infraclass: Marsupialia Order: Diprotodontia Family: Phascolarctidae Genus: Phascolarctos Species: P. cinereus

Conservation & Helping:

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