Koalas live in forested areas of Australia, where the temperature ranges between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, according to PawNation. They are sensitive to heat, so koalas occupy only Australia’s eastern and southeastern coasts and steer clear of the warmer northern regions where summer heat can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
PawNation explains that Australia’s climate presents some concerns for koalas. The area is prone to severe droughts that kill the eucalyptus trees koalas need to survive. The excessive dryness often leads to forest fires, which spell disaster for their homes. The Australian Koala Foundation states that koala habitats are being destroyed by the advance of civilization as well. Approximately 80 percent of the original habitat has been taken over by settlers entering and building in the area.