- Phascolarctos (leather-pouched bear) cinereus (ash-colored)
- Although koalas may look like bears, they are actually marsupials, animals with a pouch that protects developing young
- Koala almost never need to drink; they get most of their water from the succulent eucalyptus leaves they eat. The word "koala" is an aboriginal word meaning "no drink animal."
- Koala eat so much eucalyptus, some say they smell like a giant eucalyptus cough drop!
- A koala spends over 14 hours a day sleeping
- Koala are perfectly designed for their tree-dwelling life. Their hands have a large gap between the first and second fingers and their big toe is set at a wide angle to the foot. This gives the koala a vicelike grip on branches. They comfortably sit in a tree all day because of their thickly-padded tails.