Koala

Koala bear

Scientific Name -Phascolarctos cinereus

Classification – Marsupial

Gender Names – Male – buck; Female – doe; baby – joey

Collective Noun – none, they are solitary creatures

Average Height – 70 – 90cm (27 – 36 inch)

Average Length – Male: 75 – 82cm (29 – 33in), female: 68 – 73cm (26 – 30in)

Average Weight – male: 9.5 – 14.9kg (21 – 33lbs), female: 7 – 11kg (15.5 – 24.25lbs)

Speed – Not applicable – they live in trees

Life Expectancy – females –17 years, Male – due to fighting less than 10 years

 Mating Season – September to March

Pregnancy – 34 to 36 days

Special Features – The koala joey rides in it’s mothers backward-facing pouch for about 5 to 6 months, and drinks milk from it’s mother’s nipple

Family Unit – Koalas are very solitary creatures, because of this, there is no set name for a groups of koalas. When talking about an area that has several koalas living there, it is known as a “koala colony”

African lions distribution on World MapGeographical Distribution – Australia

World Population – 10,000

Conservation Status – not endangered

Natural Habitat – They live and sleep in the eucalyptus tree

Diet – eucalyptus leaves

Predators – Large birds of prey

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Koala. Available: http://www.naturalhistoryonthenet.com/Mammals/koala.htm. Last accessedMonday, July 18, 2016

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