Koala Kids Video for Kids

                                                   Koala Facts

Koala bear is not a bear as many people led to believe. They are not even related to bear. Koala is a marsupial that can be defined as an animal that has a pouch. Their scientific name is Phascolarctos Cinereus that means a pouched bear with ash grey colour.

Quick Facts: –

  • Koalas are native to Australia. Their fossils have been found in Australia about 20 million years ago.
  • They are nocturnal. Koalas sleep more than 20 hours a day.
  • An average koala can reach up to 80 cm in height and weight up to 12-14 kg.
  • They only feed on leaves of Eucalyptus trees.
  • They rarely drink water because they fulfil their requirement of moisture by eating Eucalyptus tree leaves.
  • Koalas have unusually small brains and survive on a nutrient poor diet.
  • Their average lifespan is about 20 years.
  • They have a gestation period of about 35 days.
  • An infant koala is called a ‘joey’. At the time of birth, they are blind, hairless and earless.
  • Joeys live in their mother’s pouch for about first 6 months.
  • An adult koala can eat up to 1 kg leaves in one day.
  • There are 3 subspecies of Koala: – Northern, Southern and Intermediate.
  • Out of 600 species of Eucalyptus trees they only find their food from 30 of them.
  • It is illegal to keep a koala as a pet.
  • In 1798, John Price was the first one to write something about Koalas.