Introduction

Animal: Koala Bear


Why is this my animal?

This animal is interesting to me because it’s not a common animal I would think about. And I don’t know a lot about it. So I want to learn more about it and its habitats and how they live. And what they do during the day and how they react to different animals around them.

Another thing that really interests me is that koala’s don’t drink water they get most of their moisture from Eucalyptus Leaves. They eat two and a half pounds of the eucalyptus leaves every day.


10 Adjectives Describing My Animal

  1. Warm

  2. Furry

  3. Slow

  4. Grey/White

  5. Small

  6. Shy

  7. Soft

  8. Smart

  9. Independant

  10. Aggressive


Food Web!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Uploaded by Amber Kral)

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Where do Koalas live and what is the Climate like?

Koalas prefer to live in Coastal Islands and Low Wood land and some also live in the Bushland. They live more in the Eastern part of Australia were the eucalyptus trees are. They like to live in cooler areas and more space to climb trees. Koalas do not nest or shelter in trees, they just like to sit between the branches. The resson why koalas like this climate so much is be the temp stays pretty cool normaly 50 to 60 degrees.

Facts about Koalas

  • Koalas are not bears there a Marsupial Mammal

  • The female Marsupial's have pouches to carry the babies in
  • The Koalas closest relative is the Wombats
  • They have soft like- wool fur
  • They can grow upto 34 inches
  • The adult male can weigh between 17-30 pounds
  • The adult female can weigh 13-25 pounds
  • Koalas life spans is a range from 12 to 15 years
  • There are 600 types or species of trees, but they only eat 12 of them
  • Koalas sleep or rest for 20 hours a day
  • Koalas can only give birth to one baby at a time and there Gestation is 35 day
  • It takes about 30 weeks till the baby is weaned


What other animals live in Eastern Austrila?

There are Kangaroos that live through out the whole continent except for the dry areas. The wallabies live in many places in Austrila, or at least one species of wallaby nearby. The Tasmanian Devil live more in the Southeastern part of the continent. Wombats live more in the Southern part of Austrila. Then all the birds and parrots just live where ever they find a home.

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Observation Journal:

Day One- I am headed over to the Eastern part of Australia to explore and learn about koala bears and how their culture is. I am on a plan right now and was almost there! I can’t wait to study these animals, I have never seen one in real life before but I’m planning to right now! Some people will take me to where koala lives so I can journal about them and how the react when I’m around them…..

Day Two- Here we are off to a good start! We found the Koala bears and know observing them. They are very good at interacting with other animals. They don’t seem to mind us watching them, but that’s a good thing because then we can study them. I want to see all the different things they do and all the different tools they use. And my goal is to try to observe what they would do if I gave them different foods. Because they only eat Eucalyptus Leaves.

Day Three-Today the Koalas are runnung around the wild having fun! They have been up in the trees most of the time. So i really hope that they come down today so I can try and interact with them, so they get use to me being around them. Right now I am about to put some fruit in a bowl and leave it here over night to see if they eat any of it, or if they move the food.

Day Four- Well today they didn't eat any of it so today Iam going to try to feed them myself. Because they came down today. I will try to give them veggies because maybe the fruits where to sweet. My first Vegetable is going to be a carrot. I am hope they will eat it because its not sweet and its not to juicy. Now im am going to try and give it to them... Well they didn't take that either so now i am going to have to try celery, beacuse its a type of plant so I am wondering if they will eat this. Ok, well they took a little bit of celery, but not a lot but i couldn't tell if they liked it or not. So i am going to leave a bunch here over night so see if they will eat it sense it is a plant.

Day Five- Were back here in the wild and the Koalas ate the celery so thats a good thing! Now We ging to see how they react with other species of Koalas. They different type of Koala that where bring in today is called Phascolarctos Cinereus. But i dont know if they have ever ment before but we will figure that out. I just let the Cinereus Koala out and they seem to be getting a long for now! They are trying to get to know each other and learn about each other. They both like each other and it seems not to mind the other koalas... Well im glad we can see how different koala get along without fighting.

Day Six- Today is my last day here so i am just going to be looking for last minute things while i'm here. Right now im on my way to the wild to find the Koalas, but im pretty sure that there in the trees sleeping still. Koalas like to sleep on the limbs on the trees. Here comes one Koala climing down the tree.... I wonder what its doing? I think its trying to gather some Eucalyptus Leaves for her youngs. Well it looks like the koalas are not coming down today. Because they like to sleep for 20 hours a day. But this was an awesome trip and I cant wait to come back and visit them again!
Day Seven- Well I am headed to the air port to go back home! I cant wait to come back and see how much they changed!


Researcher:



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We are listening in on the bellows and noises koalas make, throughout the year. By gathering information on when and how often koalas call to one another, we gain insight into the information they are conveying. By examining the structure of their noises, we begin to understand Koala language.



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We are studying the ecology of the koalas on St Bees Island to understand how it is that they appear to exist in harmony with their environment, while southern island koala populations are in such dire trouble.



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The Brampton Island koala population was established from a few individuals in the late 1960s. Research on Brampton Island is a collaboration between Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and The University of Queensland.


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"Koalas." National Geographic. Web. 07 Mar. 2012. <http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/koala/>.