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Interesting koala facts to learn and share with your friends and family.  Find out why the koala bear is not actually a bear, and many other things with the courtesy of Kidspress Magazine.

  • Koalas are not bears. They are not placental mammals, but marsupials (they can carry their young in a pouch).
  • Koalas live in the tall eucalyptus forests and low eucalyptus woodlands.
  • The average lifespan of a koala in the wild is between 10 to 14 years.
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  • Koalas eat primarily eucalyptus leaves.
  • Koalas are mostly nocturnal. They often sleep for up to 18-20 hours each day.
  • Male koalas rub their chest scent glands on the tree, to mark their territory.
  • Koalas have strong limbs and long, sharp claws that help them climb tree trucks.
  • Like humans, koalas have fingerprints.
  • Koalas can run as fast as a rabbit.
  • Koala young are known as “joeys”.
  • Younger breeding females usually give birth to one joey each year.
  • The joey stays in its mother’s pouch for about 6 or 7 months, drinking only milk.

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