As we hinted to before, although Koalas look like bears they have no relationship to a traditional bear and are in fact marsupials that have adapted to living a majority of their lives in trees. Their large sharp claws are perfect for gripping onto the branches of trees and their beautiful grey fur helps regulate their body temperature.
As most of us know, Koala’s survive on a specialized diet of eucalyptus leaves, which is very low in nutrients and toxic to most animals. But these incredible animals’ bodies have adapted to detoxify the leaves and absorb the nutrients.
Living in trees, the Koala spends most of its life in solitary, communicating with one another through a series of noises. Usually only encountering each other for mating. A female Koala is only pregnant for around 35 days before a little joey, weighing just under half a gram is born before they climb into the pouch to grow further until they’re ready to climb onto mums back for the first 12 months.
We all love these animals, but unfortunately, they face several challenges with habitat loss, the effects of climate change, as well as road accidents. This is why we are so thankful for organisations like the Queensland Koala Society as they help preserve these national icons.