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Koalas

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Transcript of Koalas

learned behavior:

-the behaviors that an animal learns for their benefit
Koala Bears
cooperative behavior
-koalas are very independent creatures
-They normally only live together if a mothers baby is too small to live on its own
-they prefer to live alone than to live in big groups
-sometimes a mature male will have a sticky black substance on his chest to indicate to other koalas and other animals that there are more koalas in his region
-They also make sounds with a certain frequency for other koalas, which are further away, to hear their communication. It sounds like a belch.
- Koalas usually live for around 15 years
Innate behavior
sexual Behavior
Innate behavior is the behavior that is genetically dictated within a species.
Examples: Migration, nesting, defense mechanisms, etc.

Koala Bears are actually not bears at all, they are marsupials. Marsupials carry their young in a pouch until they are strong enough to handle life outside. After birth the joey (adolescent koala) will stay in the pouch for about 7 months. In a year the joey will leave and face the world on it's own.
Instincts:
When Koala Bears are hot, they move from branch to branch to find a breeze, they dangle their arms and legs off the branch to cool off.
Koalas can't sweat, they lick themselves. Once the spit dries, the heat is drawn from the body.
When cold, they curl up. Most likely happen at night.
If Koalas are on the ground in trouble, they find the nearest tree to climb up. They can also escape from swimming.
When a Koala Bear is angry, they often bite or scratch the figure that is harming them.
If you try to touch a wild Koala Bear, it could possibly scream. That's a sign of them feeling afraid.
Koalas have behavioral responses to internal changes and external stimuli.
group behavior
-Koalas are solitary animals and come out at night to avoid predators.
-Koalas have a fixed home range based on the food in the surrounding area
-More food in the area the smaller the home range
-Less food in the area the bigger the home range
-Koalas bellow back and forth to each other to communicate their social and physical position within a group
Once the females turn three, and the males turn four, mating behaviors are present. When a female is approached by a male it may call in other males, and a fight will break out. Dominant males will likely have scars around the eyes and nose, and will often be larger than the other males. The average life span in the wild is 13 to 18 years.
Surprisingly, koalas learned behaviors often involve humans. For example, koalas have learned to go to humans whenever they need something or when they are having a tough time.
Koalas also learn to climb trees very well and spend most
of their time up in trees.
Koalas perfect exhibit
-a koalas perfect exhibit would include plenty of eucalyptus trees, and enough for each koala to have it's own. They would also need lots of water that is easy for them to access.
what zoos are doing now
the San Diego zoo has done a great job of providing their koalas with appropriate habitats
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