Ready for the lowdown on one seriously cute creature? Then join National Geographic Kids as we check out ten fascinating koala facts!

1) Koalas are found in the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia. They have grey fur with a cream-coloured chest, and strong, clawed feet, perfect for living in the branches of trees!

2) Cuddly critters, koalas measure about 60cm to 85cm long, and weigh about 14kg.

3) Although you may have heard people call them koala ‘bears’, these awesome animals aren’t bears at all – they are in fact marsupials. A group of mammals, most marsupials have pouches where their newborns develop.

4) When an infant koala – called a joey – is born, it immediately climbs up to its mother’s pouch. Blind and earless, a joey uses its strong sense of touch and smell, as well as natural instinct, to find its way.

5) A joey grows and develops in the pouch for about six months. Once strong enough, the youngster rides around on its mother’s back for a further six months, only using the pouch to feed.

6) Koala’s grow up to become big eaters, shifting up to one kilogram of eucalyptus leaves in a day! They are fussy, too, and will select the most nutritious and tastiest leaves from the trees where they live.

7) These magnificent mammals get their name form an Aboriginal* term meaning, ‘no drink’. It’s believed this is because koalas get almost all their moisture from the leaves they eat, and rarely drink water.

8) But check this out – eucalyptus leaves are super tough and poisonous! Luckily for koalas, they have a long digestive organ called a cecum which allows them to break down the leaves unharmed.

9) Enjoy having a snooze? Well so do our furry friends! Koalas don’t have much energy and, when not feasting on leaves, they spend their time dozing in the branches. Believe it or not, they can sleep for up to 18 hours a day!

10) Although these beautiful creatures are protected by law, and not classed as an endangered species, their habitat is under threat. Sadly, around 80% of koala habitat has been lost to human homes, drought and forest fires.

* The Aborigines are the indigenous people of Australia.
Photos: Getty Images UK.

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  • Mb1

    Since Im from Australia, I occasionally see them. Its quite hard to see them as the eucaliptus trees are so tall in the forests! There arent that may in the country, as animals - theyre my fav!! If you go to Australia ( the Eastern Side), dont go thinking that your going to find one because you might not. Since the eucalyptus treres are so tall, the koalas prefer to be up high. This gives you less of a chance to see them, but remember NEVER GIVE UP! Bring biocluars if you want to look up high in the tree tops for them! Mb1

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    Does the whole pouch thing with the Joey mean that Koalas are part of the Kangaroo family???

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    Koalas are SO Cute!

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    asome I love koala

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    Thanks, helped with my nocturnal animals homework.

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    I love koalas!!!!!! :

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    these are very interesting facts about koalas!

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    I love koalas, i wish i had a pet koala But i have enough pets i have three dogs called molly misty and rosy rosy is my dog and one of my rabbits passed away so we have three now.

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    I love koalas, theyre like giant teddy bears.

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    lol nice

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    Awesome! I somehow wish I was a Koala, because I love sleeping!

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    I love these cuddly bears!

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    Love Love Love Koalas !!!!!!!!!!!

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    amazing i have to do a presantation on koalas this was very helpful

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    Im doing a class assembly on koalas


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