Koala is found only in Australia. Many people call it koala bear but it is not related to bears in the rest of the workd and closest relative is the wombat, another Australian animal which like itself is a marsupial.
Marsupial mothers generally have a pouch on the belly in which their young ones develop. Female koala has such a pouch. The koala is a slow breeder, producing just one young every two years. The aborigines used to hunt it for meat but that did not reduce its population as drastically as when the Europeans started hunting it for its fur,at the beginning of the century.
Millions of the animals were slaughered but finally public outrage forced the government to introduce measures to protect the animal. Now it is thriving. A fully grown koala weighs about 10 kiolgrams. It feeds exclusively on leaves (Usually eucalyptus) from which it gets both nutrition and moisture beacue of which it rarely drinks water.
The name koala is saidto come from an aboriginal word that means the animal that does not drink. In Australia, the Kangaroos are also famous. Kangaroos also keep their babies inside the pouch and it looks beautifully in green patches.
Australia is still to be explored a lot . Flora and Fauna and the natural beauty at Australia is worth watching. It is amazing to note that about millions of animals are slaughtered (two million plets were shipped to Europe and America in 1924 alone). It shows the cruelty of human beings towards the animals .
People for animals and other organisation which take care of animals should have a pat on their back and people should try to protect the koala from being extinct from the face of earth. Koala should be protected at any cost.