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The Koala

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Eliza Peters

on 28 February 2013

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Transcript of The Koala

Description and Biology Habitat and
Current
Distribution History and Conservation Measures Koalas are typically found in the dry forests of east Australia
Deforestation of the Australian eucalyptus forests are destroying the koala's habitat
The koala is the only living species in the family Phascolarctidae
The closest living relative of the koala is the Wombat

When Koalas sleep in the tree they wrap their muscular arms and legs around the branch and sleep.
While sitting in the tree they sit upright in the crook between the branch and the tree The Koala Reproduction Koalas can weigh up to 30lbs and grow up to 23-33in tall
Their fur is typically dark gray with a white bib on their chest
Their big furry ears have a white fringe along the edge
They have two fingers stuck together on their foot that helps them comb their fur.
Koalas are nocturnal Koala means "animal that does not drink"
They get water from eucalyptus leaves
Eucalyptus leaves have poison in them that are uneatable to animals other than Koalas
Koalas can eat them because of a special sac in their digestive track
Koalas can climb150ft to the top of and eucalyptus tree
Koalas have quick tempers Early English settlers to Australia called the koala the "native bear"
There once was a number of koala
A disease of the reproduction system limited the fertility of the koalas
Koalas are a protected animal
About 80% of the eucalyptus forests have been cleared
Koalas have become roadkill because of new roads near their habitats
Also koalas' predators such as dogs are killing them Adult koalas are solitary except during mating season
Males make loud bellows to attract females
After mating it takes 35 days for a baby koala to be born
Baby koalas are in their mother's pouch for 6 months By Eliza Peters Phascolarctos cinereus
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