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The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) or, sometimes inaccurately called, koala bear, is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae and its closest living relatives are the wombats.

The koala is found in coastal areas of the mainland's eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.

Koalas typically inhabit open Eucalyptus woodland, as the leaves of these trees make up most of their diet. This eucalypt diet has low nutritional and caloric content and contains toxins that deter most other mammals from feeding on it. Koalas are largely sedentary and sleep up to twenty hours a day.

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Featured interview

Animal Care Entrepreneur Erica Salvemini Discusses Compassion-Driven Success
Animal Care Entrepreneur Erica Salvemini Discusses Compassion-Driven Success

Erica Salvemini shares her journey as a compassionate companion animal care provider and successful entrepreneur, shedding light on the challenges and impact she has had on animal welfare.

Erica, a master reiki practitioner and the founder of Just for Paws Spa and Academy, embarked on her career nearly two decades ago. Erica discusses her evolution from a software marketing director to a devoted animal care provider.

Erica's passion for animals dates back to her childhood, when she rescued wounded animals and organized bake sales for Greenpeace, indicative of her lifelong love for animals.

Interview: Compassionate Pet Care - How Do We Get There

Featured blog

In a study posted last year, it was found that trophy hunters killed one animal every THREE minutes over the last decade.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported we have a decade left to help turn back the clock on preventing even larger scale climate disasters and rewilding of endangered species like the elephant and wolf can help promote healthier ecosystems which results in a healthier planet for you and me.

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In the news

World Animal News
  • Miami-Dade puts Seaquarium on notice: 45 days to make fixes cited in federal report
  • Mosquitoes are driving these birds to extinction. With only 5 left in the wild, scientists are racing to save the species
  • University of Galway Rehomes Lab-Bred Rabbits, Sparking Animal Testing Debate
  • Legal challenge to anti-whistleblower law begins October 30
  • Orca at Moskvarium, Due to Give Birth in December
  • Is Aussie icon the koala next on the extinction list?

Did you know?

wandering albatross
wandering albatross
  • The wandering albatross can fly 1000 km (620 miles) in a day.
  • The emperor penguin can dive to depths up to 565 m (1,854 ft).
  • The bar-tailed godwit migrates nearly 15,000 km (9,320 miles) from Alaska to New Zealand without stopping.
  • The fastest recorded speed of any bird is 76 km/h (47 mph) by the common swift.
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About WikiAnimal


WikiAnimal is an online knowledge base dedicated to the animal kingdom. Its mission is to offer a comprehensive and accessible resource for animal enthusiasts. Here you can find information about all kinds of animals, from mammals to reptiles, from birds to fish, from insects to amphibians. You can learn about their habitats, behaviors, diets, adaptations, conservation status and more.

You can also contribute to WikiAnimal by editing existing articles or creating new ones. Wikianimal is a collaborative project that relies on volunteers like you to share their knowledge and passion for animals.

Join us in promoting knowledge, understanding, and compassion for animals.

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WikiAnimal Projects

  • Project Newshound - Newshound is a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) retrieval platform that aggregates animal related content from various sources using RSS feeds. You can then access Newshound in a centralized location to view and stay updated on news and articles from different websites. Newshound algorithms attempt to ensure that you receive timely updates while trying to avoid overwhelming you with irrelevant information.
  • Project Species - an ambitious initiative dedicated to documenting the vast diversity of life on Earth. Our mission is to create an exhaustive and comprehensive repository of knowledge about every (as many!) species of animal that inhabits our planet.
  • Project Elephant - aims to provide comprehensive information about wild & captive elephants, their behavior, ecology, and conservation efforts to protect them.
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