Koalas

Koalas

About Koalas

The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia, and the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae. The koala is found in coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia, from Adelaide to the southern part of Cape York Peninsula. Populations also extend for considerable distances inland in regions with enough moisture to support suitable woodlands. The koalas of South Australia were largely exterminated during the early part of the 20th century, but the state has since been repopulated with Victorian stock. The koala is not found in Tasmania, the Northern Territory or Western Australia. As of 2012 there have been increasing concerns about the animal's sustainable future in the environment. The word koala comes from the Dharuk gula. Although the vowel /u/ was originally written in the English orthography as 'oo' (in spellings such as coola or koolah), it was changed to 'oa' possibly due to an error.

Contributions by UtherSRG, CJ, and Tannin.