The Koala - Presentation

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The Koala - Presentation

  1. 1. The Koala Ines Villido 2009
  2. 2. About <ul><li>A marsupial mammal </li></ul><ul><li>Size: 70 - 90cm </li></ul><ul><li>Weight: 4 - 9kg </li></ul><ul><li>Fur is thick soft and </li></ul><ul><li>pleasant to touch. Ears have </li></ul><ul><li>long white hairs on the tips. </li></ul><ul><li>Can live up to 17 years </li></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koala
  3. 3. History <ul><li>Fossil remains of koala-like animals have been found dating back to 25 - 40 million years ago. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1798, John Price was the first European who described koalas. </li></ul><ul><li>European settlers started to hunt koalas for their fur. Millions of koalas were shot. </li></ul><ul><li>By 1924 koalas were extinct in South Australia, severely depleted in New South Wales and estimates for Victoria go as low as 500 animals. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Habitat and distribution <ul><li>Koalas live in tropical to temperate eucalypt forest and woodlands. </li></ul><ul><li>They can be found in Eastern and South- Eastern Australia. </li></ul>http://www.ecovoice.com.au/evonline/evo-28/koala-evo28.html
  5. 5. Diet <ul><li>Restricted to eucalypt leaves. </li></ul><ul><li>An adult koala eats an average 500g to 1kg of leaves a day. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 50 of the 500 or more species of eucalypts are suitable to the koala's diet. </li></ul><ul><li>Koalas also eat a small amount of soil to supplement their diet with mineral nutrients. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Breeding <ul><li>Koalas breed once a year from September to March. </li></ul><ul><li>Gestation lasts 35 days, after which one koala is born. </li></ul><ul><li>The baby koala, &quot;joey&quot;, is blind, hairless, only a couple of cm long and weighs less than 1 gram </li></ul><ul><li>In the average, one female may produce only 5 or 6 baby koalas over her lifetime. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Threats <ul><li>Human threats: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Habitat destruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dogs and feral animals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motor vehicles collisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pools - drowning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fences - loss of access or impediment of movement </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Natural threats: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bushfire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drought </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Predators </li></ul></ul>http://www.users.bigpond.com/wildlifebb/wildlife/mammals/koala/threats.html
  9. 9. Interesting facts <ul><li>Koala spends sleeping 75% of its time. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Koala” means ‘no drink’ in Aboriginal language. </li></ul><ul><li>Koala is an excellent swimmer. </li></ul><ul><li>Southern koalas are 30% larger than the Northern koalas. </li></ul><ul><li>The fingerprints of Koalas are astonishingly like those of human beings. </li></ul><ul><li>The Koala can run as fast as a rabbit. </li></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koala
  10. 10. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>

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