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Phascolarctos cinereus


they are often mistakenly called a Koala Bear, when in fact they are not related to the bear family in anyway, they have a pouch simular to the kangaroo


The koala is found in coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia, from Adelaide to the southern part of Cape York Peninsula. Populations also extend for considerable distances inland in regions with enough moisture to support suitable woodlands. Even though they are native to the area This one was photographed in captivity

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DarrenC 8 years ago

Thanks Danielle
Will do

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Hi DarrenC! If this koala was at the Healesville Sanctuary please add this information to the Habitat field. You can also add it to the Captive animals mission.

SargonR 8 years ago

Great photo, so much better than the ones I got while visiting back in 2011. I saw some Koalas at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, in ACT, but they were pretty shy it seemed.

YukoChartraw 10 years ago

LOVE this! My childhood obsession. :-)

DarrenC 11 years ago

cranky with sharp claws, a nasty combination :-)

DarrenC 11 years ago

cranky with sharp claws, a nasty combination :-)

lori.tas 11 years ago

Yep, they're basically a great big gut/fermenter for digesting for Eucalyptus leaves, which doesn't leave them much energy for powering their brains.

But don't let their sweet faces fool you, they can be very cranky if disturbed. Also, their closest relative is the wombat, who went the other direction and is actually very active and smart.

DarrenC 11 years ago

your welcome SheaEckert

SheaEckert 11 years ago

Sweet! I learn something new everyday :D Thanks Darren!

DarrenC 11 years ago

its because the gum leaves they eat take a lot of digesting and doesn't provide that much in the form of energy, and they dont eat anythin else.. so they just sleep a lot :)

SheaEckert 11 years ago

It is so amazing! I wonder how they are all not too big from the lack of movement...

DarrenC 11 years ago

they are such funny animals, they sleep 16-20 hours a day

SheaEckert 11 years ago

"I'm eating Eucalyptus, leave me alone."
"But you are always eating Eucalyptus!"
hahahaha He is such a cutie....

DarrenC 11 years ago

thanks for the favorite AshishNimkar

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 14, 2011
Submitted on May 14, 2011

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