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.
- 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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