Often referred to as ‘Koala Bears’, these furry creatures have very little in common with actual bears. As a matter of fact, they are more related to marsupials than bears, yet you have to agree they do kind of look like miniaturized bears from afar. Also, the average lifespan of a koala is between 12 and 14 years in the wild, but they’ve been known to live up to 20 years in captivity. In this respect, they live more than kangaroos but less than most species of bears.
If you think this is interesting, check out a few more fascinating facts about koalas, facts most people probably don’t know about this unique and majestic animal. So sit back and relax as we embark on a journey to find out as much as we can about koalas and what these furry creatures are all about.
10Koalas were almost extinct in Australia in the 1920s
Historical records show that when European settlers first went to Australia, they used to hunt koalas at an excessive rate. At the time, koalas were seen as an easily accessible source of fur, leading to millions of them being killed. Given the koala’s passive nature, it wasn’t much of a hunt to get a hold of them. It wasn’t until 1940 that Koalas became protected animals, which unfortunately doesn’t apply to their main source of nutrition – the Eucalyptus trees.