Meet the Koala: One of Australia’s most iconic and culturally significant wildlife is labelled as endangered in some parts of Australia.
- “Koala” comes from Dharug, an Australian Aboriginal language, meaning “no water.” The name fits — koalas rarely drink, as most of their water comes from the leaves they eat.
- Though often called koala bear, this species isn’t actually a bear; they’re marsupials. The closest living relative to the koala is the wombat.
- Koalas have their own fingerprint — they are the only animal other than primates to have them.
- Koala joeys are no bigger than a jellybean when born.