Sunday, July 17, 2011

Koala

Koala may resemble with panda but this animals different with panda, either in their habit or their food. Panda’s food is bamboo that available in many country but the special bamboo that grows in China very suitable for Panda. The Koala have Greek name Phascolarctos cinereus, is a marsupial mammal in the phalanger family, Phalangeridae,  more similar with Kangaroo.


Koala has large head, hairy ears fringed with white, a large nose, dense, woolly, grayish white fur; and a vestigial tail. It grows up to 84 cm (33 in) long, and weighs up to 14 kg (30 lb). Selective eaters of eucalyptus leaves and young bark, koalas are solitary or live in small harems led by a single male. The young are born after a gestation period of 25 to 30 days and weigh about 5.5 g (0.2 oz) at birth. They spend about 6 month in the mother's pouch and are weaned on predigested eucalyptus leaves, devoid of fecal material, that have passed though the mother's digestive tract. Nearly exterminated by epidemics around the turn of the century, by massive slaughter for their fur into the 1920s, and by human caused fires, koalas are presently found only the eucalyptus forest of eastern Australia. They are now fully protected by law.

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