Koalas are native to Eastern Australia where their favorite food, leaves from the Eucalyptus tree, are most common. Although koalas are often referred to as "koala bears," they aren't actually bears at all. Rather, they are marsupials, which means "pouched mammal."
Koalas are known for having an unpleasant temperament. For the most part, however, they tend to avoid aggressive behaviors that require expending a lot of energy. Females that are pregnant or have small offspring tend to be the most aggressive and territorial.
Koalas eat eucalyptus leaves. They obtain the moisture from these leaves, and as a result they do not need to drink much water. They eat about 2 1/2 pounds of leaves a day.
Koalas live in the eucalypt forests and woodlands of eastern Australia, and they are seen on some islands off the southern and eastern coasts of the country. Koalas are native to New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
Koalas move most ably and readily in their preferred environment, up in the branches of eucalyptus trees where they use their strong limbs and hooked claws to navigate, but they can also walk on the ground and can even swim if necessary. Koalas are much less capable whi...
The natural predators of the koala include dingoes, owls, eagles and pythons. However, according to the Australian Koala Foundation, these predators have little impact on wild populations, even though they prey on juvenile koalas.
Koalas do not have tails. Even though it has no tail, the koala has a great sense of balance and strong limbs that allow it to climb efficiently.