How Do Koala Bears Protect Themselves?

Koala bears protect themselves by spending most of their time living in trees, which helps them avoid being attacked by predators. It's common to find koala bears lounging among the branches of eucalyptus trees, which is their favorite choice for habitat. Koalas also hang out in gum and mahogany trees.

While koala bears have few natural predators, they do face occasional dangers from large owls, dingoes and dogs. Eucalyptus trees provide koalas with safe shelter, which is ideal for these mostly sedentary animals. Koalas are relatively small and not particularly swift and can easily be captured by determined predators when they venture onto solid ground.

Unfortunately, koalas are not always protected from human encroachment. Koalas living near areas populated by people are vulnerable to being hit by cars as they cross roadways. They also lose natural habitat when people chop down the trees they depend on for survival. These marsupials are completely dependent on humans for protection from human threats.

Koalas mainly leave one tree to find another tree that provides the coolest shade to protect them from hot weather. Their large claws and strong muscles allow them to cling tightly to their protective havens of tree trunks and branches. During the day, koalas conserve energy among the treetops, and they eat and travel at night to avoid daytime dangers.