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DESCRIPTIONabout threats, protecting them and also habitat
By Maddie & Elisa
Adorable, MIGHT COME TO AN END!
Where koalas are located
Koalas need a large area to live in, move about and especially eat; most koalas live in dry eucalyptus (gum tree) forests where they can find their preferred leaves. Most of their time is spent eating, sitting or sleeping in eucalyptus trees or other types of trees growing in these forests. Generally, Koala habitat quality is influenced by factors such as soil nutrient, topography, rainfall and past disturbances.
Koala habitat can be identified by:
-The presence of Koala food trees;
-Historical or recent Koala records
- The presence under trees of Koala faecal pellets (scats);
- The presence of Koala scratches on trees.
Kolas are found in a range of habitats, from coastal islands and eucalypt forests to low woodlands inland. Koalas today are found down the east coast of mainland Australia - in the states of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
W here are koalas Found?
Koalas used to be hunted for their soft fur, and their numbers dwindled from several million to a few hundred thousand. But today, the biggest problem for koalas is that their habitat is being destroyed to make way for houses. Koalas are protected by law but their homes and food are NOT.
There are many natural and human threats to the koalas and also there habitats, many including:
-Domestic dog attacks
-Clearing of eucalypts leaves
Theses impacts have affected the koalas and habitats in many ways above but most importantly the koalas have a hard time surviving and there has also been a decline on gumtrees.
Today, most koalas live in reserves. Those that live in the wild are at greater risk of dying. Koalas can be moved from places where there is a overcrowded living environment to places where the koala population is small. On islands, such as Phillip, French, and Kangaroo Islands, the koalas are protected by law. Some of these koalas are also helpful in helping areas will a small population.
-Koalas are not bears. They are MARSUPIALS, which means that they carry their young in a pouch.
- Koalas are NOCTURNAL animals. This means that they sleep in the daytime, and move around and feed at night.