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Koala

Meet the Koala - an iconic, sleepy, tree-hugging marsupial!

Koalas spend about 20 hours a day resting in gum trees, with the other four spent eating fresh eucalypt leaves and grooming their thick fur coat.

Human-induced threats such as habitat loss, introduced predators and the increase of bushfires due to global warming have seen koala populations across Australia decrease, particularly over the last few years.

  • Phascolarctos cinereus
  • Marsupial
  • Population decreasing
  • 13–18 years
  • 8-12kg
  • 60–85 cm

Did you know?

Koalas survive on a diet of eucalyptus leaves and can eat up to a kilogram a day!

What your money helps fund

Protected Habitat

The Koala Conservation Reserve provides koalas with a safe and protected habitat, away from the risks of road traffic and introduced predators, and with an endless supply of food.

Ranger Protectors

Phillip Island Nature Parks Rangers predator control programs, habitat restoration and management, education programs and rehabilitation of bushfire-affected koalas.

Research and Monitoring

Phillip Island Nature Parks conducts ongoing scientific conservation work and monitoring activities to better understand the implications of local and global threats to koalas and protect them into the future.

Did you know?

Koalas have a very cushiony butt! This allows them to sit in trees all day long.

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