Koala

The Koala is one of Australia's best-known animals.

The Koala's thick ash-grey fur, white chest and round head with fluffy ears make this species unmistakable

Habitat

The Koala lives in eucalypt forests.

Feeding and Diet

The Koala has a highly specialised diet made up of the leaves of certain species of eucalypts as well as some flowers and stems. The eucalypt leaves are high in fibre and the Koala has a long caecum (part of the large intestine) to aid with digestion. The leaves also have a high moisture content and the name Koala is an Aboriginal term meaning 'no drink'.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Most of the Koala's time is spent in eucalypt trees sleeping and feeding, although occasionally it travels along the ground like its closest relatives, the wombats.

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