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Koalas and Kangaroos, Oh My!

Koalas and kangaroos are two of the favorite things to see when visiting Australia. These two animals are like mascots for the great down under. Many people have written about how the koala and kangaroo are different but let’s examine how the koala and kangaroo are similar.

Koalas and kangaroos both live in Australia.
Koalas and kangaroos [...]

Slow down for Koalas!

The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that in excess of 5,000 koalas are killed each year from land clearing, dog attack and being hit by cars. In the state of Queensland approximately 1,500 Koalas are admitted to hospital each year. Thirty to forty percent of admissions are estimated to be due to road related incidents, the [...]

How much can a Koala Bear

Koalas are often called “koala bears” – this is not correct. The Koala is not a bear but a marsupial. The closest relative of koala is a wombat, which also has cute and cuddly appearance, but it’s never called a “wombat bear”

Koala’s pouch

The koala, like the kangaroo, has a pouch that is in the front. However, unlike the kangaroo, its opening is oriented to the rear. This is usually found in burrow and aquatic dwelling animals, such as the wombat, as opposed to arboreal (lives in trees) animals, such as the koala.
So how does this type of [...]

Koala Communications

Koalas use a range of sounds to communicate with one another over relatively large distances.
There is a deep grunting bellow which the male uses to signify its social and physical position. Males save fighting energy by bellowing their dominance and they also bellow to allow other animals to accurately locate the position of the caller.
Females [...]

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Five Random Koala Facts

Koalas are very good swimmers.
Koalas prefer to stay relatively close to their home range where they feel comfortable.
The closest relative to the koala is the wombat. It is believed that the two shared the same ancestors 25 million years ago.
The word Koala is an Aboriginal word for “no drink”. Whilst they obtain quite a lot [...]

September is SAVE THE KOALA MONTH

The AKF runs an annual fund raising campaign called Save the Koala Month each September. Save the Koala Day is held on the last Friday of that month. People from all over the world are encouraged to help sell Save the Koala Month merchandise such as temporary tattoos, stickers and badges, whether as individuals, businesses [...]

Koala: A Popular Icon

It seems these cute, fuzzy animals make the perfect icons. You can find them on coins, logos, emblems, mascots, they even have sports teams named after them. The koala is the “official fauna” symbol of Queensland, Australia as well as the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland. It is the logo of the Queensland Reds rugby [...]

Just Want to be Cool

When watching a koala one might be persuaded to believe they are the most relaxed animal on earth. If not sleeping or eating gum leaves, you can usually find them stretched out and licking their arms as if they hadn’t a care in the world. It makes you almost yawn thinking about it. But before [...]