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  Koala - MSN Encarta
Koalas are native to Australia, where they are sometimes called koala bears or native bears, although koalas are not related to bears.
Koalas living in the cooler climates of the south have long fur that is gray-brown or cinnamon in color.
Characteristic of marsupials, female koalas have a pouch on the belly where a developing baby, known as a joey, lives for the first seven months after it is born.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761554280/Koala.html   (1207 words)

 Koala - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Koala is found all along the eastern coast of Australia from near Adelaide to the southern part of Cape York Peninsula, and as far into the hinterland as there is enough rainfall to support suitable forests.
The Koala is broadly similar in appearance to the wombat (its closest living relative), but has a thicker, softer coat, much larger ears, and longer limbs, which are equipped with large, sharp claws to assist with climbing.
The Koala has an unusually small brain, with about 40% of the cranial cavity being filled with fluid, while the brain itself is like "a pair of shrivelled walnut halves on top of the brain stem, in contact neither with each other nor the bones of the skull.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Koala   (2077 words)

 Koala Bear
Koalas, with their broad face, big, round nose and fluffy ears, are favourites of the plush toy industry - many teddy bears are modelled after the furry animals.
Koalas, which grow to between 65 and 80 centimetres long and have an average life span of 13 to 18 years, eat only the leaves of eucalyptus trees.
Koalas used to be hunted for their soft fur, and their numbers dwindled from several million to a few hundred thousand.
exn.ca /AustraliaAnimals/koala.cfm   (240 words)

 Koala facts
Koalas are found in a range of habitats, from coastal islands and tall eucalypt forests to low woodlands inland.
Koalas live in societies, so they need to be able to come into contact with other koalas and this is why they require large areas of suitable eucalypt forest which is able to support a healthy koala population.
Koala seldom drinks water obtaining it from the eucalyptus leaves, which are 50% consisting of water.
www.giftlog.com /pictures/koala_fact.htm   (986 words)

 Koala -- Kids' Planet -- Defenders of Wildlife
The koala resembles a bear, but is actually a marsupial, a special kind of mammal which carries its young in a pouch.
Koalas can live as long as 17 years, although high mortality rates (due to car fatalities and dogs) for males lower their life expectancy to 2 to 10 years.
Once numbering in the millions, koalas suffered major declines in population during the 1920s when they were hunted for their fur.
www.kidsplanet.org /factsheets/koala.html   (285 words)

 Koala Printout- EnchantedLearning.com
The Koala is a small marsupial that lives in eucalyptus (gum) trees in Australia.
Koalas are not bears; their closest relative is the wombat.
Koalas have a keen sense of smell which they use to make sure the gum leaves are edible and not poisonous.
www.enchantedlearning.com /subjects/mammals/marsupial/Koalaprintout.shtml   (220 words)

 Koala, Kangaroo, Kookaburra,Platypus, Wombat & Emu Page
The koala is a nocturnal, tree dwelling marsupial mammal, which feeds almost exclusively on the leaves of a few species of eucalypt.
Koalas seldom drink, as they obtain enough water from the diet of leaves.
The fur of the koala in southern region is thick and woolly and is thicker and longer on the back than on the belly.
www.hotkey.net.au /~perrelink/koalacard.htm   (637 words)

 Koala II poster print
The koala reaches a length of 60 to 85 cm (24 to 33 in) and has a maximum life span of 13 to 18 years.
The young koala is then kept in the marsupial pouch for about six months, after which time the female carries it upon her back until it is half grown.Koalas are found only in eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia.
The Koala frequents high eucalyptus trees, feeding on the leaves and flowers of certain species of eucalyptus, as well as on mistletoe and box leaves.
www.1stoppostershop.com /products/Impact/Wildlife/im_KoalaII.asp   (157 words)

 Koala Bear - Interesting facts about the Australian Koala Bear - Koala Toy
The koala is related to the kangaroo and the wombat.
This is due to the destruction of the koala's natural habitat, a narrow crescent on the eastern coast of Australia.
The koalas have white on the underside and gray on the rest of its body.
www.koalaexpress.com.au /facts1.htm   (1459 words)

 Queensland Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus adustus)
Koalas spend most of their lives in trees.
The koala has a very short tail, so it cannot be used to hold onto trees.
Female koalas have a pouch, a distinguishing characteristic of marsupials.
www.thebigzoo.com /Animals/Queensland_Koala.asp   (299 words)

 Education Fact Sheets - Koala   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Koalas are mainly active during the night, using loud grunts and squeals to communicate.
This is not because the Koala is a lazy animal, it is due to the low amount of energy that Koalas obtain from their leafy diet.
Koala's seldom drink as they obtain enough water from their leafy diet and the dew they find on leaves in the morning.
www.arazpa.org.au /Education_FactSheets_Koala.htm   (704 words)

 Information on Koalas. This Koala information is regularly updated.
Koalas are highly territorial and in stable breeding groups, individual members of koala society maintain their own "home range" areas.
Koalas are mostly nocturnal animals and they are most active during the night and at dawn and dusk.
Koala populations in fragmented areas of bushland are at great risk of localised extinction from a single fire which may wipe out an entire habitat.
www.thekoala.com /koala   (3157 words)

 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Koala
Koalas are basically slow-moving animals that need to sleep a lot and take a long time to digest their food.
Koalas don't get many calories from their diet, but they conserve energy by moving slowly and by sleeping as much as 20 hours each day.
Today, the koala is threatened by predation by domestic dogs and by a disease that has spread through most of the population.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-koala.html   (1151 words)

 Koala Information
Koalas are marsupials, females having a pouch in which their young first develop.
The early settlers referred to koalas as sloths, monkeys, bears, and even monkey bears, adopting the unfortunate practice of transposing the names of animals which were already familiar to Europeans to Australian lookalikes.
Although koalas obtain most of their water from leaves -- the name koala is thought to mean "no drink" in several native Aboriginal tongues -- they do occasionally drink water at the edges of streams.
koalas.org /koala-info.html   (969 words)

Koalas sleep most of the day and feed and move from tree to tree mainly at night.
Once people hunted koalas for their fur and by the 1920's the animals were almost extinct.
Koalas also die in bushfires and many koalas are hit by cars on country roads.
www.kidcyber.com.au /topics/koalas.htm   (480 words)

 Koalas; The name Koala is thought to mean " no drink " in several Aboriginal languages. Water is obtained through ...
Koalas are by nature arboreal, living peacefully and almost solitary lives, in the tops of the eucalyptus trees.
The koala's coat is colored gray to tawny, white on the chin, forelimbs, and chest.
According to some of the best recognized koala experts, who submitted affidavits supporting the petition, the future of koala throughout their native range in Australia is bleak unless drastic action is taken immediately.
www.planet-pets.com /plntkola.htm   (679 words)

In the early part of this century, millions of these animals were slaughtered for their soft, durable, silver-grey fur, and were approaching the point of extinction when the Australian government passed protective legislation which may enable the koala to make a comeback.
Koalas feed exclusively on the leaves of eucalyptus trees and become so saturated with the essential oils of this plant that they smell just like cough drops.
A mature male koala usually has a small harem of females which he guards jealously.
www.nature.ca /notebooks/english/koala.htm   (149 words)

 Koala   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
When a Koala is born it weighs less then ½ of a gram, but when it grows to its full size it weighs 15-30 pounds, and is about two feet long.
The koala is classified into the marsupials, which means that the female has a pouch, or flap of skin across her stomach, where the babies develop.
Koala’s are nocturnal animals which means that the sleep during the day and move around at night.
www2.lhric.org /pocantico/cook/7thgrade/koalareport.htm   (645 words)

 AllRefer.com - koala (Vertebrate Zoology) - Encyclopedia
Although it is sometimes called koala bear, or Australian bear, and is somewhat bearlike in appearance, it is not related to true bears.
A slow-moving, nocturnal animal, the koala has perhaps the most specialized diet of any living mammal; it feeds on leaves and shoots of a particular stage of maturation from particular species of eucalyptus.
The harmless and defenseless koala has been ruthlessly hunted, chiefly for fur but also for food; disease and the clearing of the eucalyptus forests have also taken a heavy toll.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/K/koala.html   (336 words)

 KOALA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
KOALA is a grid scheduler that has been designed, implemented, and deployed by the PDS group in Delft on the DAS-2 multicluster system in the context of the Virtual Lab for e-Science (VL-e) research project.
Currently, KOALA supports processor and data co-allocation in that it starts the components of a single application on different clusters at the same time, and it transfers the input files of the components to their proper locations prior to application execution.
KOALA uses some of the components of the Globus toolkit, and interfaces on the DAS to the local SGE schedulers.
www.st.ewi.tudelft.nl /koala   (148 words)

 ANIMAL BYTES - Koala   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Although koalas may look like bears, they are actually marsupials, animals with a pouch that protects developing young.
Koalas almost never need to drink; they get most of their water from the succulent eucalyptus leaves they eat.
Koalas are perfectly designed for their tree-dwelling life.
www.seaworld.org /animal-info/animal-bytes/animalia/eumetazoa/coelomates/deuterostomes/chordata/craniata/mammalia/diprotodontia/koala.htm   (288 words)

 Koala Theme by Jim Cornish
The koala was officially proclaimed the animal, or faunal, emblem of Queensland in 1971 after a newspaper poll showed strong public support for this endearing marsupial as the State's "animal ambassador".
The koala is unique to Australia and belongs to a group of mammals called marsupials that carry their young in a pouch on their abdomen.
Koalas are extremely pickly eaters, however, preferring only a few types of leaves at a time, from the relatively small number of eucalyptus species comprising their overall habitat.
www.stemnet.nf.ca /CITE/koala.htm   (1444 words)

Koalas are often referred to as a Koala bear.
Koalas are found all over east Australia, mainly in the south east.
Koalas feed on eucalyptis leaves, which they have a variety of twelve different species to choose from.
www.australianfauna.com /koala.php   (244 words)

 Koala   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The largest koala is the Victoria, it has darker fur to keep it warmer because it's habitat is usually in a cooler region.
The Queensland koala is the smallest and it is brown with a white chest.
The young koala is then kept in the mother's pouch for about six months, after which time it rides upon her back until it is half grown.
ausinternet.com /ettamogah/koalas.htm   (342 words)

 koala   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Koalas are nocturnal, so they sleep through the day and hunt through the night.
When Koalas are born they have no fur and they are also very ugly and only two cm long.
Koala digits are arranged differently on the front and hind paws, although they all have rough pads to aid their grip.
teachit.acreekps.vic.edu.au /animals/koala.htm   (399 words)

 Koala Hospital - Een ziekenhuis speciaal voor koalas
Wij van het Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, Australië zetten ons in voor het welzijn en behoud van wilde koala's.
Wij zijn het oudste ziekenhuis ter wereld dat gespecialiseerd is in de opvang van koala's.
Wij zijn vanzelfsprekend geen voorstander van het houden van koala's in parken voor toeristische doeleinden.
www.koalaziekenhuis.nl   (185 words)

 Koala: WhoZoo
At birth the Koala weighs 5.7 grams and is about the size of a thumbnail.
At maturity the Koalas are about 29.5 inches long and weigh about 20 pounds.  Koalas can survive as long as 20 years.
Koalas are said to be very lazy, but when it comes to getting food, they can climb 150 feet to the top of an Eucalyptus tree and leap from one to another.
www.whozoo.org /Intro98/mandspar/mandspar1.htm   (424 words)

 Koala Books.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Written by The Australian Koala Foundation, this book is an attempt to educate the public as to the seriousness of the koala's predicament, while celebrating its presence.
Chapter 8 promotes the koala as a symbol for hope, conservation, and other causes, providing countless examples of how the koala has been used in the past for publicity, promotion, and advertising.
In this captivating volume, he blends their story with science and myths of the koala as trickster and wise spirit to provide an informative, moving tale of one of the world's oldest and most endearing species.
www.planet-pets.com /bookkola.htm   (425 words)

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