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Least Concern Species
Status: Least Concern
Scientific Name: Phascolarctos cinereus
Koala or Phascolarctos cinereus is a marsupial animal that is native to
Australia. Koalas are usually found in coastal regions of eastern and
southern Australia particularly in Adelaide and Cape York Peninsula.
Typical Koalas has long, thick fur with darker grey and chocolate brown
highlights on the forearms and back. The normal weight for male Koalas
measures 12 kg (26 lbs) while 8.5 kg (19 lbs) for females.
Koala's appearance resembles wombat, but koala has longer limbs and much
larger ears. One of the most uncommon feature of Koalas is that, they
are one of the few mammals to have fingerprints similar to those of
Koalas feed on eucalyptus leaves and other varieties such as
Leptospermum, Acacia and Melaleuca. They spend around 5 hours for
eating. They eat an average of 500 grams (18 oz) of eucalyptus leaves in
a day. They usually eat at night but feeding occurs at any time.
Koala is currently on the list of priority species for conservation in
Australia. According to some surveys, there are about 80,000 Koalas left
in the wild and other parts of Australia.
Forest fires, grazing the woodlands and other agricultural development
are some of the many contributing factors that threatened the existence