« Though usually very calm, the koala becomes particularly active during the mating season. »
Totally adapted to its environment
The only animal to eat just one poisonous plant.
The koala, like the kangaroo and the Tasmanian devil, is one of the symbols of Australia. Do you know what these three species have in common? They are all marsupials, mammals that raise their young in a ventral pouch. But the koala has another peculiarity. It is the only animal in the world to eat eucalyptus leaves, a plant that is toxic to other animals! Its entire body is adapted for life in the eucalyptus forests; it has very muscular legs, sharp claws, and rough pads allowing it to grab onto tree trunks and branches.
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An adorable baby koala
The adorable little one from Genoa, soon to be 8 months old!
In koalas, gestation lasts about thirty days. When born, the baby goes to its mother’s pouch where it completes its development. Our little koala is starting to come out of the pocket entirely…
Beauval Nature is engaged in koala protection
Today, although the koala is not an endangered species, its future is still uncertain due to threats related to the expansion of human activities such as agriculture, collisions with cars, and fires that ravage the eucalyptus forests.
San Diego Zoo, with the support of the Beauval Nature association, has developed a koala conservation and research programme. This programme aims to study koala behaviour in the wild as well as in zoos, their distribution in the natural environment, and the development of certain diseases.
Learn more about the species