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.
Wildlands Network's Chief Scientist, Ron Sutherland, discusses the importance of rewilding efforts and their vision of continental wildways.
Wildlands Network's Chief Scientist, Ron Sutherland, discusses the importance of rewilding efforts and their vision of continental wildways to promote wildlife conservation in North America. Rewilding, a concept rooted in letting nature reclaim its territory, emphasizes the need to reintroduce keystone species to restore ecological balance. Ron explains how rewilding helps to manage ecosystems more efficiently and highlights the case of Yellowstone's wolf reintroduction, which led to a cascade of positive ecological effects.
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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Did you know?
- The saltwater crocodile can grow up to 6.5 m (21 ft) long.
- The spitting cobra can propel its venom up to 3 m (10 ft) into the eyes of prey.
- The big-headed turtles head is so big it cannot pull it inside its shell.
- Geckos can walk upside down along ceilings with footpads that have hair-like structures that form a sticky pad.
- The Aldabra giant tortoise can be 1.1m (3½ ft) long and weigh 250kg (550 lb).
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