Conservation status: Not threatened or endangered.

 

These iconic herbivorous native Australian marsupials spend their time in the branches of eucalypt trees - the leaves of which make up the majority of their diet. This eucalypt diet is limited in nutritional and caloric content, so these sleepy little critters are largely sedentary – sleeping up to 20 hours per day. They are asocial animals and bonding only occurs between mothers and their dependent offspring.  As they are marsupials, the mother gives birth to underdeveloped young that crawl into their pouches and stay there for their first six to seven months, by the age of one year the young are fully weaned and ready to tackle life solo.  Threats to their existence include habitat destruction caused by urbanization and agriculture.

Koala

 Phascolarctos cinereus

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