Koalas are an iconic symbol of Australia and are famous across the globe because of their unique and loveable features. They’re often referred to as “koala bears” and look like cute bears but they aren’t actually bears. Koalas are marsupials – mammals that carry their offspring in a pouch.
Koalas can be found in eucalyptus forests of Southern and Eastern Australia. They depend on the eucalyptus tree for habitat and food. Eucalyptus leaves are poisonous to most animals but Koalas can digest it and can eat up to a kilogram a day.
Did you know that Koalas can sleep up to 20 hours a day? The reason behind this is because eucalyptus leaves are low in nutrients that’s why Koalas need more sleep than any other animals which basically helps them conserve energy.
There’s only one country that you can cuddle koalas and yes, it’s Australia! Queensland is one of the three Australian states that allows visitors to hold a koala. It is known as Australia’s koala-cuddling capital. The world’s first and largest koala sanctuary is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary located in Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket. The sanctuary has more than 130 koalas and you can hold one any day of the week.
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