Ready for the lowdown on one seriously cute creature? Then join National Geographic Kids as we check out ten fascinating koala facts!

1) Koalas are found in the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia. They have grey fur with a cream-coloured chest, and strong, clawed feet, perfect for living in the branches of trees!

2) Cuddly critters, koalas measure about 60cm to 85cm long, and weigh about 14kg.

3) Although you may have heard people call them koala ‘bears’, these awesome animals aren’t bears at all – they are in fact marsupials. A group of mammals, most marsupials have pouches where their newborns develop.

4) When an infant koala – called a joey – is born, it immediately climbs up to its mother’s pouch. Blind and earless, a joey uses its strong sense of touch and smell, as well as natural instinct, to find its way.

5) A joey grows and develops in the pouch for about six months. Once strong enough, the youngster rides around on its mother’s back for a further six months, only using the pouch to feed.

6) Koala’s grow up to become big eaters, shifting up to one kilogram of eucalyptus leaves in a day! They are fussy, too, and will select the most nutritious and tastiest leaves from the trees where they live.

7) These magnificent mammals get their name form an Aboriginal* term meaning, ‘no drink’. It’s believed this is because koalas get almost all their moisture from the leaves they eat, and rarely drink water.

8) But check this out – eucalyptus leaves are super tough and poisonous! Luckily for koalas, they have a long digestive organ called a cecum which allows them to break down the leaves unharmed.

9) Enjoy having a snooze? Well so do our furry friends! Koalas don’t have much energy and, when not feasting on leaves, they spend their time dozing in the branches. Believe it or not, they can sleep for up to 18 hours a day!

10) Although these beautiful creatures are protected by law, and not classed as an endangered species, their habitat is under threat. Sadly, around 80% of koala habitat has been lost to human homes, drought and forest fires.

* The Aborigines are the indigenous people of Australia.
Photos: Getty Images UK.

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  • beast

    pretty good son

  • sofia

    you have amazing info

  • JOY

    why does a joey have to stay in its mothers punch can it come out

  • Christian

    This website. Is the best

  • Isabella

    it would be cool to have my dog talk

  • Yoshi

    Thanks helped me with my school work

  • sunny

    AMAZING

  • siya

    koalas are the best

  • siya

    you guys are the best

  • Mannat

    I never knew there are only 80% of Koalas left! Thank you for writing these amazing facts!

  • Mannat

    I like this this!

  • rihanna

    i love koalas

  • katelyn

    koalas are the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • liv

    amazing

  • bob

    Cool!

  • jack

    I need a description not that

  • s

    good job

  • Save our world heehee ;)

  • Lucia

    I like koalas. They are fluffy

  • koala lover

    #SAVE THE KOALA'S

  • emma

    koalas are awesome

  • Beware the drop bear

    Great facts

  • jhonothon

    nice post also SAVE THE KOALAS!!!

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    cool

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    I don’t like it

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  • Wow

    Wow

  • Chloe

    WOW!

  • Zeenat

    Cool! Quite interesting.

  • Louise

    The last fact is sad and we have to stop it from keep happening.

  • holly

    let us take action

  • Isabel

    Amazing!

  • Jishnu

    nice