12 key facts for kids on Save the Koala Day

It’s Save the Koala Day! This day is all about raising awareness for the iconic species and discussing ways that we can help to save them from extinction.

At Zoos SA we believe that connecting people (of all ages) with nature is the best way to inspire them to protect and care for vulnerable species. This Koala fact file brings you the fun facts about Sophie and Louise, Adelaide Zoo’s koalas and their wild cousins. Enjoy!

  1. Adelaide Zoo is home to koala duo, Sophie and Louise.
  2. Koalas are marsupials, native only to Australia
  3. Koalas can be found across South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.
  4. Koalas live in forest and woodland habitats dominated by eucalyptus trees.
  5. Koalas are arboreal, which means that they live in the trees and specifically found in eucalyptus trees.
  6. Koalas spend around 19 out of 24 hours sleeping.
  7. Koalas are nocturnal and spend most of their time foraging at night
  8. Koalas have a low energy diet consisting of eucalyptus leaves.
  9. Koalas drink very little and instead get their moisture from the leaves they eat.
  10. A baby koala is called a joey.
  11. Koalas are listed as ‘vulnerable’ to extinction on the IUCN Red List.
  12. Koalas are under threat due a number of factors including;
    • Loss and fragmentation of habitat influenced by human factors such as, land clearing for agricultural and urban development
    • Bushfires that are dangerous not only to the habitat but to the Koalas themselves.

By purchasing a ticket to Adelaide Zoo or booking a Koala Cameo, you arehelping Zoos SA’s conservation efforts to save endangered animals like the Koala. Thank you for your ongoing support!


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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.


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