Did You Know?…Koala Bear Facts for Kids

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  • Did you know  that a Koala Bear isn’t a bear at all but a marsupial.  A marsupial is animal with a pouch.
  • The scientific name for a Koala is Phascolarctos Cinereus- meaning ash grey pouched bear.
  • There are three Koala subspecies: Northern, Intermediate and Southern.
  • Koalas live in eucalyptus forest’s along  the east coast states Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria in Australia.
  • Koalas are herbivores meaning they don’t eat meat.
  • Koalas only eat the leaves of eucalyptus trees.
  • The leaves of the euclyptus trees have little nutrition and leave Koalas with little energy because of this Koala Bears spend 18-20 hours a day sleeping!
  • Koalas rarely drink water.  They get their water from eating eucalyptus leaves.
  • Koalas are arboreal meaning they spend most of their time in trees.
  • Koalas are nocturnal meaning they sleep during the day and are awake at night.
  • Koalas lives between 13-18 years.
  • Koalas have 2 thumbs on each of their front claws.
  • They have sharp teeth for chewing leaves.
  • Koalas weigh between 15-30 pounds.
  • Koalas like to live alone not in groups.
  • The main predator of a Koala is a human. Human’s cut down the trees where the Koala lives causing them to lose their habitat.
  • A mother Koala is pregnant for about 35 days
  • A baby Koala is called a joey or cub
  • A baby Koala is born blind, earless and hairless
  • A baby Koala is the size of a jelly bean when it is born and makes their way to their mother’s pouch all by themselves.
  • For the first six months the baby Koala will stay hidden in the mothers pouch. During that time their hair will grow and eyes and ears will develop.  They drink their mothers milk.
  • At around 22 weeks old the baby Koala will eat their mother’s pap(a soft poop) this gives them the bacteria necessary for them to digest the eucalyptus leaves.
  • At 30 weeks the baby Koala will begin to eat eucalyptus leaves.
  • At 12 months old the baby Koala will leave their mothers to find their own place to live.