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  • Koala en Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. Zoológico Madrid.
  • Koala en Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. Zoológico Madrid.
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Common name:

Koala

Scientific name:

Phascolarctos cinereus

Weight:

5-9 kg

Size:

60 - 85 cm.
Mammals
Herbivore
Rain forest
Oceania

Conservation

Preocupación menor
Least concern
Saturdays and holidays at 16:30 h.

Who is it?

The Koala se asemeja a un osezno, de hecho su pelaje espeso y sedoso le da un aspecto casi de peluche. Aunque este animal es un marsupial gris y leonado en la parte dorsal, con manchas blancas y blanquecinas en los cuartos traseros y la región central, respectivamente. De cabeza redonda, orejas velludas y nariz chata. En cuanto a las manos, se caracterizan por estar perfectamente adaptadas a la vida arbórea y a la práctica de la higiene. Son lo suficientemente ágiles como para saltar en vertical y horizontal (aunque esta capacidad solamente la tienen los machos). Viven en el este de Australia, donde hay más eucaliptos.

What are its habits?

A nocturnal , animal, the Koala lives in trees, alone. Moreover, it may be very aggressive towards an intruder seeking to share its territory.It likes to sleep perfectly installed in a fork formed by a branch. When it is cold, it tries to curl up into a ball to protect itself and maintain its body temperature. It sleeps during the day and feeds at night. The female has a ventral pouch called a marsupium, where the breasts are: thus, the joeys are born and complete their development within it. Normallty, this pouch has an opening at the top, though in the case of the Koala  it is below. This orientation makes it easier for the joey to reach eucalyptus leaves, on which they feed (they adore these trees!).

Did you know…

Its communication is based on different types of calls,, which they make during the breeding season or when they are attacked by another animal.

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