The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is an Australian arboreal marsupial which is native to parts of Australia particularly Queensland
Victoria and New South Wales. The word koala comes from the Dharuk word ‘gula’.
The word is said to mean ‘does not drink’ as the Koala receives over 90%
of its moisture from the Eucalyptus leaves (also known as gum leaves) that are its main diet.
Koalas are sometimes called ‘Koala Bears’, however, they are not really bears although they have been thought to resemble teddy bears
The closest living relative of the Koala is a Wombat who is of similar appearance.
KOALA DESCRIPTION Koalas are thick-set animals with thick, soft, wool-like ash-grey colored coats with white underparts.