Koalas are unique animals that are endangered. The Australian government, for example, continues to increase the budget to protect Koalas. Photo: Reuters
JAKARTA – Koalas are iconic animals from Australia that are adorable and have various interesting facts about their habitat in Australia’s eucalyptus trees. Koalas are increasingly cute and relaxed animals, but they are also truly charming.
This tree-climbing animal is a marsupial mammal that has a sac for breeding. Although koalas appear to have soft fur, their fur is more similar to coarse sheep’s fur.
They have two opposable thumbs on their hands, and both feet and hands have pads and rough claws for holding onto branches. These animals have two fused toes, which they use to comb their fur.
But apart from that, what other unique facts about this animal from Australia?
Here are seven interesting facts about koalas that are rarely known.
1. Eucalyptus Leaf Eater
Koalas are famous for their exclusive diet consisting of eucalyptus leaves. More than 700 species of eucalyptus exist in Australia, and koalas only choose a few species to eat. This not only determines the distinctive taste of their feathers but also presents a surprising nutritional challenge.
2. Expert Tree Climber
Living in trees is a koala specialty. With legs equipped with strong claws, they climb trees with impressive skill. Koalas are almost always found on tree branches, where they spend most of their time.
3. Child Protective Pouch
Like other marsupials, koalas have a pouch in which joeys (as koala cubs) develop. The joey’s development process is a charming natural miracle, starting from birth as it becomes smaller until it grows in its mother’s protective pouch.
4. Koalas Have Their Own Holidays
Celebrated every year, on May 3, Wild Koala Day was established by koala conservationists throughout Australia to celebrate these animals and protect their habitat. The whole community can celebrate it, so they are encouraged to pin eucalyptus leaves on their clothes.
5. Live alone and not too social
Koalas tend to live alone and are not very social animals. These animals have territories that they defend by leaving scent trails from glands on their chests.
6. Koalas are not bears
Even though they are often called “koala bears”, koalas are not bears. In fact, they belong to the order marsupialia and have more similarities with kangaroos than bears. As the only living member of their family, Phascolarctidae, they are unlike any other creature on planet Earth today.
7. Koalas Have Fingerprints
In fact, this animal is the only animal other than primates that has it and just like us, each animal is also an individual. They also have a unique pattern on their noses, which can help wildlife biologists identify and track them.
With their uniqueness and amazing adaptations, koalas are not only an attraction in the world of wildlife, but also a symbol of concern for biodiversity.
Through a deeper understanding of interesting facts about koalas, people are able to better appreciate the wonders around them and contribute to nature conservation efforts.