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Chelsea Swinburne

Koalas in Redland

Mrs Hooker

About Koalas.

The Koala is a well-known and popular animal, endemic to Australia but recognised around the world. It is a tree-dwelling marsupial with large furry ears, a prominent black nose, long sharp claws adapted for climbing and no tail. Fur colour varies from pale grey in North Australia to grey-brown in the South.

Breeding & lifecycle

Koalas live for between 10 and 20 years, and usually breed between September and February . Female Koalas can breed from two years of age, and have a gestation period of about two months. They commonly produce one Koala a year though on rare occasions they can produce twins. After the young Koala is about one year old, its mother is able to mate again

Where they live

Koalas are basically solitary animals and live in relatively well-defined home ranges. In breeding aggregations these home ranges abut or partially overlap adjacent home ranges of other individuals.

Home ranges will most often consist of an alpha male whose home range the encompasses a number of female's home ranges, each female will have her defined area within this range.

What they eat/diet

Koalas are folivors and feed on a diet that is nearly entirely made up of eucalyptus, but they will occasionally eat non-eucalyptus species such as brush box. Some of the main species in south-east Queensland are:

Blue Gum Eucalyptus

Grey gum Eucalyptus

River Red Gum Eucalyptus


Koala's are arboreal (tree-dwelling) marsupials, and the only member of the family Phascolarcolidae, with a distribution over most of the eastern part of Australia, although the populations are largely fragmented.


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