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Amazing Koala Facts

  • Koalas were once hunted for their fur. It wasn't until the late 1920s that the fur trade ceased and legislation was introduced to protect it because of the severe decline in koala populations.
  • Male koalas have scent gland on their chest which they rub on the trees to mark their territory.
  • Males bellow to warn off other males - a call that has been described as a cross between a donkey and a pig!
  • Female koalas have two nipples in their backward-opening pouch and occasionally twins are born.
  • Bush fires,droughts, domestic dogs, fast cars, disease and habitat destruction area all threats to the survival of this national treasure.
  • Baby Koala is called a joey.

Did you know? 

  • Chlamydia is a disease that impacts on some koala populations. It is sexually transmitted and can cause a koala to become sterile, blind or suffer other illnesses. It might be stress related, occurring when koalas are attacked or are overcrowded or lose their habitat.
  • A full-grown male koala weighs up to 12 kilograms and measures about 70 centimetres from nose to tail. An adult female weighs up to 8 kilograms and measures about 65 centimetres from nose to tail.


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