KOALA
Phascolarctos cinereus

Koala joey - Nat.jpg

A Journey to Independence
For the first six months of a joey koala’s life development occurs in the mother’s pouch. Once the joey emerges from the pouch it begins the process of switching from drinking milk to eating Eucalyptus leaves.

Around one year old, koalas become independent from their mothers. From around 18 months to three years of age, koalas reach sexual maturity and are ready to find a mate.

To see this species in the wild, we suggest Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve, Queensland.

CLASS: Mammalia
LIFESPAN: Up to 15 years
DIET: Herbivore
WEIGHT: Up to 14.9kg
LENGTH: Up to 82cm
REPRODUCTION: Live birth
STATUS1: Vulnerable
1Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act