Koala is usually recognized by its furry little body and sweet innocent face. Born in Australia, it is only in some regions of Australia. The koala bear is not really a bear, but thought to be mistaken as one by the European settlers in the late 1800s. In fact, its closest relative is the wombat, which was also born in Australia.
Koalas live in South Australia, and along the east coast of Australia, as far north as Cape York Peninsula. Interestingly, koalas are not in Western Australia, the Northern Territory or Tasmania. Koala in the south tend to be much larger than those in the north. They usually have a thick coat of fur to keep them warm during the cold winters. Queensland koala is usually smaller with fewer hair.
Staple diet of koalas is eucalyptus leaves, which grows in the high eucalyptus trees Australian eucalyptus or low-lying plants. There are many different varieties of eucalyptus, of which only a few will feed the koala. The leaves are hard to chew, high in fiber and low in protein.
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