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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 donation helps fund

Protected Habitat

Phillip Island Nature Parks estimate there are less than 20 koalas left in the wild on Phillip Island due to habitat loss, the disease Chlamydia, being hit on the roads and predation. Phillip Island Nature Parks predator control programs, habitat restoration and management and education programs are essential for the survival of these animals.

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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