Wonderfully slow and fluffy animal in Australia
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Koalas are unlike any other animal. Their lovely appearance, their slow behaviour, and the fact that they only occur in Australia make them extra special. You will not soon forget an encounter with this animal. Even when they sleep.
The koala is a wonderful animal. And relatively rare, even in the only country where these marsupials occur: Australia. You cannot find them all over the country. Actually only in the southern part. These are the best tips for spotting the koala in the wild.
These animals are the figurehead of Australia. They are officially protected, but their numbers are still declining. The recent forest fires have killed thousands of koalas. It is unclear exactly how the species is doing.
Several researchers are concerned that the koala will become extinct in the future. They have been pleading with the Australian government for better measures for years. Both to prevent forest fires and, for example, to protect the habitat of the animal. And to, among other things, prevent the felling of their favourite eucalyptus trees.
According to them, the koala does not get enough attention as no proper research has ever been done. There is no official count of living koalas on the immense island. Tourist funding could be one solution to protect animals. Almost every tourist who travels to Australia wants to see these animals, so there are plenty of opportunities there.
In the wild, the experience is much more beautiful of course. But you have to be lucky. Koalas mainly live in eucalyptus trees and do not move too often. Experts say these are the best places to see a koala in the wild:
Australia has several shelters where you can see koalas at your leisure. Provided they are awake, of course, because these animals sleep about 20 hours a day. And so you have a fair chance of seeing a sleeping koala. Which in itself is also very touching.
Koalas are according to many among the sweetest animals in the world. Especially because of their fluffy fur and sweet appearance. But these animals also sometimes argue among themselves. And it looks like this.
Koalas are usually active early in the morning and at the end of the day. Then they are looking for food or, in the mating season, for a partner. These animals sleep almost 20 hours a day, so you have the best chance when they sleep. They sleep especially in the heat of the day. So sunrise and sunset is the best time.