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Koala

Native to eastern Australia, koalas belong to the group of pouched mammals known as marsupials. They often are incorrectly called “koala bears.”

Koalas find food and shelter in eucalyptus trees. Special adaptations allow them to survive on this toxic, fibrous, and nutrient-poor plant source. Discover more about this cute, cuddly — and surprisingly assertive — marsupial!

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Cracking the Koala Code

Cracking the Koala Code

Come along to an eastern Australian suburb to follow a group of koalas as they struggle to survive in a shrinking habitat. Meet Mary, Buster, Bruce, and the rest of the local gang. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Quiz: Koala

Quiz: Koala

If you think koalas are bears, this quiz might be tough. If you don’t, it should be smooth sailing through these questions! More...

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BBC
A Koala’s Very Deep Voice

A Koala’s Very Deep Voice

How can an animal about the size of a beagle produce sound in the range of an elephant’s bellows? The answer will surprise you! More...

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Student Science
Australia Lists the Koala as ‘Vulnerable’ Species

Australia Lists the Koala as ‘Vulnerable’ Species

In parts of their range in eastern Australia, koala populations are dwindling. Find out what’s causing this decline and what is being done about it. More...

Article
BBC
Bird and Animal Calls of Australia

Bird and Animal Calls of Australia

Sounding like a cross between a giant pig and a lion, the male koala grunts to attract females. Who knew a raccoon-size mammal could manage such a noise? More...

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Australian Screen
Koala

Koala

Born blind, furless, and earless, koala joeys spend another 7 months in their mother’s pouch, a unique marsupial adaptation. Explore life in the pouch. More...

Article
National Geographic
Koala Photos

Koala Photos

Particularly well adapted to their habitat, koalas spend much of their time in the trees. Check out this photo gallery with images of the iconic Australian marsupial. More...

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ARKive
Marsupials

Marsupials

What makes kangaroos, wombats, and koalas different from other mammals? The difference is in the marsupium, the pouch on the female’s body in which her underdeveloped newborn lives and grows. Find out more. More...

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Kidport
Preparing for a Eucalyptus Diet

Preparing for a Eucalyptus Diet

Eucalyptus leaves are tough to chew, hard to digest, and toxic. How do koalas handle them? And what’s this thing called “pap” that baby koalas get from mom, in addition to her milk? More...

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NATURE/PBS

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