Koo Koo for Koalas

By: Kaydee

G-day mate! See that small, gray, brown, and white animal lying on that tree? That's a koala. These creatures are very fascinating, from their life cycle, to their kangaroo like features, to what they do all day, to what they fear the most.

A koala mother with her young.

Life to Live

When a baby koala is born he/she is nearly two centimeters long. The baby clings onto his/her mother's back and slowly pulls itself into his/her mother's pouch. There, the baby will grow and develop for about six months. After these six months the baby crawls out of his/her mother's back for a year to learn how to act like a koala. When the baby is ready, it will let go of his/her mother's back and will live on it's own.

Parts of the koala!

Mysterious Marsupial

You may think a koala is just a bear, but it is more than that. Koalas are marsupials. [mar-sup-EE-al] A marsupial is a pouched mammal. This pouch helps a baby koala grow and develop.

Another Day to Play

Ahhh yes, another day to get up and be active, well, for us any way. Koalas sleep 18 hours a day. Every day a koala eats 2 1/2 lbs. of leaves. [ That's a lot of leaves, because one leave is probably about a gram] These leaves are called Eucaluptus leaves. [uke-cal-ip-tus] Eucaluptus leaves are poisonous to many animals, but to a koala they're harmless and tasty.

Koalas spend most of their time eating and sleeping.

Call 911, the Koalas are Endangered

Koalas are endangered. Which means koalas are dying off and may be extinct in the next few generations. Koalas are endangered because of expansion, food loss, and you may not believe it, but, dogs.

Older to Older

Koalas can live up to 13-18 years, but these koalas sure proved them wrong. One resource says, "the oldest living koala is female Sarah who lived to be 23 years old. The second oldest is male TimTam who lived to be 22 years old."

There are so many fascinating facts about koalas from their life cycle, to their kangaroo like features, to what they do all day, to what they fear the most. Koalas, koalas, koalas.