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Koala

Phascolarctos cinereus

Description:

One of Australia's most beloved and recognised icons. However they are now vulnerable due to land clearing, logging, road kills and attacks from domestic dogs. They have woolly grey fur with a white chest, fluffy ears and a naked black nose. They are largely arboreal, only coming to the ground when shifting trees. Their diet consists almost exclusively on eucalyptus leaves but can also eat melaleuca and casuarina species. They spend 20-22 hours a day sleeping.

Habitat:

Dry open eucalypt forests, can also be found in suburban areas due to reduced forest habitat.

Notes:

This koala was spotted on my TAFE campus in Alexandra Hills. It was a resident there and could often be seen hanging around. I have volunteered with injured koalas for about 2 years but it is always really nice to see a lovely big healthy wild koala!

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4 Comments

Shari_Wildlife
Shari_Wildlife 9 years ago

No they aren't being hunted but with habitat loss and many being killed on the roads and also a lot of malicious attacks lately they are on the way down =(

zulkifly
zulkifly 10 years ago

are they still being hunted?

Shari_Wildlife
Shari_Wildlife 10 years ago

The really are just gorgeous! We are so lucky to have them but they might not be around for much longer =(

zulkifly
zulkifly 10 years ago

cute.. i wish to meet this fella

Shari_Wildlife
Spotted by
Shari_Wildlife

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Nov 11, 2010
Submitted on Jun 21, 2011

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