Why are koalas not bears

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why are koalas not bears

Koala Is Not a Bear by Kristin L. Gray

Where does Koala belong? Find out, in this sweet story of friendship and family—with fun facts about marsupials thrown in.
Its Koalas first day at camp, and she thinks shes found her place in the Bear Cabin—until know-it-all Kangaroo comes along and tells Koala in no uncertain terms that she is not a bear. Koala points out all the ways in which she resembles her new friend, Grizzly, but Kangaroo just isnt buying it. As Koala tries to find her place, alert readers will recognize clues about where Koala belongs. Using humor and fun illustrations, this engaging story will reel kids in and leave them with a satisfying ending.
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Don Spencer Please Don't Call Me A Koala Bear

10 things you didn't know about koalas

Koalas are one of the ten species worldwide most at risk from climate change. Join the conservation effort by visiting koalas in the wild on a day trip from Melbourne, helping to remove invasive weeds and plant new koala habitat for future generations. See all Australia holidays. We use cookies to provide the best experience on this website. See our cookie policy or continue to use the site if you're happy with this. Destination Specialist. Koalas belong to the Phascolarctidae family — and are the only still-living species that do!

In fact, they are marsupials, along with kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and possums, among others. They frequently would name new animals they saw based on what animal it looked like that they were familiar with. Their fur is not soft and fluffy like it appears, but rather has more of the consistency of wool. So snuggling with a Koala would feel about like snuggling with sheep, only Koalas have long claws and incredibly strong grips. They also are very solitary animals, preferring to be by themselves most of the time, so make poor pets. In fact, they simply have very slow metabolisms and it takes a long time for their bodies to process these leaves, which are normally poisonous to most animals. Also, given that they almost exclusively eat eucalyptus leaves, this tends to introduce very little caloric and nutritional value into their diet.


Although they are commonly called koala "bears," koalas are marsupials and have nothing at all to do with bears, except that they are cute like a teddy bear. They eat about two and a half pounds of eucalyptus leaves a day; so many, in fact, that they take on the fragrance of the oil A newborn koala is the size of a jellybean. Called a joey, it is a while before it reaches full-blown ridiculously cute status ; joeys are born blind, earless and without fur. After birth, a mamma koala will carry the jellybean baby in her pouch for about six months; after it emerges, the newborn clings to its mother's back or belly until it is around a year old.

By Michael Le Page. The release triggered a flurry of worried headlines. So are they? No, although many populations of koalas are falling sharply due to habitat loss and global warming. Could they go extinct? Why has the AKF made this claim now? The claim was made on the eve of elections in Australia in which environmental issues such as climate change have become a big issue.


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