Phascolarctos cinereus

Body Length: 2–3'
Weight:7-30 lbs
Geographic Distribution:Australia: Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales
Habitat:Eucalyptus forests
Diet:Eucalyptus leaves
Status in the Wild:Vulnerable
Location:Hamill Family Play Zoo

Largely nocturnal animals, koalas spend nights eating nearly one pound of eucalyptus before tucking themselves into the nook of a tree for an 18-to-22-hour daytime nap to digest their dinner. Sleeping helps conserve the little energy koalas gain from eating leaves virtually devoid of nutritional value. Koalas have two different types of teeth to help them eat eucalyptus leaves. Incisors at the front of their mouths strip leaves off branches and molars help cut and grind the leaves to make them easily digestible.



Our Koalas! habitat is now open to the public. Koalas! is open daily 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please note, as this habitat is very popular, queues may form. Thank you for your understanding. 

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