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Random facts to impress your friends with!

  • Koalas are not bears! Although the animal is sometimes referred to as a "koala bear" this is inaccurate.  Koalas are marsupials and, as such, are not closely related to any bear species at all. 


  • The eucalypts leaves that make up the main part of the koala's diet have high amounts of water.  As a result, koalas very rarely need to drink water.  This is how the animals got their name.  The word "koala" is an Aboriginal word meaning "no drink."


  • Koalas are not officially an endangered species, but they are well on their way.  The population has been declining fast, due mostly to deforestation due to increased urbanization. 


  • There are a variety of names for baby koalas.  The names "joey," "pouch young," "back young," and "cub" are all appropriate.  The most commonly used name thought is joey.  When joeys are born, they are about the size of a jelly bean.       


  • It has been observed that the cuddling of koalas done by tourists causes the animals great stress (J.A.).  This stress may lead to chlamydial infections that can become widespread and wipe out a large portion of the population.  With its population numbers already dwindling, Australian officials are trying to cut out cuddling done by tourists in its state and national parks.  So, the next time you want to cuddle a koala, just remember the possible ramifications...