Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
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Order: Diprotodontia — kangaroos, wombats, pygmy possums, gliders and others
Suborder: Vombatiformes — wombats and koalas
Family: Phascolarctidae — koalas
Species: Phascolarctos cinereus — koala
Body Length: 60-85 cm (20-33 in)
Tail Length: Vestigial
Pelage: Dense and wooly; top gray,
Other: Teddy bear-like in shape; black
|Distribution & Status||Behavior & Ecology|
Range: Eastern and southeastern
Habitat: Eucalyptus forests
IUCN Status: Vulnerable (2014 assessment)
CITES Appendix: not listed
Population in Wild: About 330,00 individuals (300,000 mature) across Australia.
Locomotion: Arboreal, but moves
Activity Cycle: Spends up to 20
Social Groups: Non-social except for
Diet: Mostly Eucalyptus leaves
Threats: Habitat destruction, climate
|Reproduction & Development||Species Highlights|
Sexual Maturity: Males rarely breed if younger than 4 years.
Gestation: 35 days
Litter Size: Usually 1, rarely 2
Birth weight: 0.5 g (0.018 oz)
Age at Weaning: about 12 months
Longevity: 14+ years under optimal
© 2011-2020 San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Population estimates updated Sep 2018, IUCN Status updated Oct 2020.
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