ANIMAL OF THE MONTH: January, 2016
Adult Koalas eats about 1-2 pounds of eucalyptus leaves each night. Yummy, that’s a lot of salad! Koalas live in the tall eucalyptus forests and low eucalyptus woodlands of mainland Australia. This is the only place in the world where Koalas are found naturally in the wild. Did you know that Koalas are not actually bears. They are MARSUPIALS, which means that babies are born immature & they finish developing in their mamas pouch. They like to simply be called ‘Koalas’. They are mostly nocturnal, that means they are awake at night and asleep during the day. They can sleep up to 18-20 hours each day!!!
Baby Koalas are known as Joeys. When a Joey is born, it’s only about 2 centimeters long, is blind, fur-less and its ears are not yet developed. On its amazing journey to the pouch, it uses its well-developed sense of smell, and strong claws to attach itself to its mama. The Joey stays in its mama’s pouch for 6 or 7 months, drinking only milk. Pretty Incredible if you ask me.