Meet the Koala

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Meet the Koala: One of Australia’s most iconic and culturally significant wildlife is labelled as endangered in some parts of Australia.

Wild Facts:

  • “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.
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