Friday, February 27, 2015

Kola the Koala!

Hey Gang!

Kola has just arrived at the Johnston Zoo!  She is a adolescent Koala and is not
quite breading age!  There is a lot of excitement about her being here.  There is
hopes for a good size Koala population.
Here Is Kola!

 She is very playful!
 A little shy...
 and very cute!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus or, inaccurately, 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. It is easily recognisable by its stout, tailless body; round, fluffy ears; and large, spoon-shaped nose. The koala has a body length of 60–85 cm (24–33 in) and weighs 4–15 kg (9–33 lb). Pelage colour ranges from silver grey to chocolate brown. Koalas from the northern populations are typically smaller and lighter in colour than their counterparts further south. It is possible that these populations are separate subspecies, but this is disputed.

Koalas typically inhabit open eucalypt woodlands, and the leaves of these trees make up most of their diet. Because this eucalypt diet has limited nutritional and caloric content, koalas are largely sedentary and sleep for up to 20 hours a day. They are asocial animals, and bonding exists only between mothers and dependent offspring. Adult males communicate with loud bellows that intimidate rivals and attract mates. Males mark their presence with secretions from scent glands located on their chests. Being marsupials, koalas give birth to underdeveloped young that crawl into their mothers' pouches, where they stay for the first six to seven months of their life. These young koalas are known as joeys, and are fully weaned at around a year. Koalas have few natural predators and parasites but are threatened by various pathogens, like Chlamydiaceae bacteria and the koala retrovirus, as well as by bushfires and droughts.  For more info click here!

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Marta said...

Hello from Spain:very interesting. Lovely koala. Fabulous zoo. Nice pictures. Keep in touch

Farrah Lily said...

Really cute! Kola is a charmer for sure :)

The grandmommy said...

A real cutie!

Sarah Sequins said...

So cute! Having a zoo is such a cool idea. Makes me wish I had a little more room in my doll room! <3

Recently, a friend of mine went to Australia for a conference. There are photos of him snuggling a baby koala, with said koala asleep in his arms. I keep meaning to find him a stuffed one.

Carrickters said...

Sge's a very cute koala. I had to laugh about the 'loud bellows' that male koalas make to attract mates and deter rivals. That doesn't really describe it at all. You need to think of the loudest sound an angry wild boar can make, that's more like the sound they make. Anyway, good luck with your breeding program, we need more healthy koalas.

Muff said...

Very cute? More like super cute!

Is the background made out of cotton balls? It looks so fluffy.

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Ms. Leo said...

Thanks for your comments Marta, Farrah Lily, The grandmommy,Sarah Sewuins, Carrickters, and Muff! I like having a zoo to show the animals I have.

Carrickters, WOW! I didn't know that! I will have to incorporate that somehow!