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Koala

The Koala, an emblematic animal, is a marsupial living in the eucalyptus forests of the Australian continent.

Le Koala - Le marsupial capable de dormir 20 heures par jour
Powerful muscular system

A life spent mainly in trees

It can live for 13 – 18 years and, according to its age, sex and available food, can measure up to 85 cm and weigh up to 14 kg. It has a dense fur, just as insulating as Arctic animals’ fur. It is one of the very rare animals that can feed on eucalyptus leaves and bark, vegetation that is toxic and very low in nutrients. Because of this impoverished diet, the Koala has a slow metabolism, like that of a Sloth. It sleeps up to 20 hours per day and feeds for the rest of time, choosing the least toxic leaves, which it crushes thanks to its adapted teeth and which it laboriously digests.

The Koala lives primarily in trees, jumping from one to another, coming down to the ground only to climb into a tree that it otherwise cannot reach. It climbs up and down with its head always upwards, having powerful muscles and opposable fingers. Strong claws allow it to hang on to branches. The female gives birth to a single cub which remains in her pouch for more than six months. Twins are extremely rare in Koalas.

In Pairi Daiza

Gentle Coco in the Jardin des Mondes

Coco was born in March 2012 and was named after Coco Chanel. Nothing unusual about that when you see that her mum's name is Donatella (Versace). By nature Coco is gentle and very curious, and she likes to explore everything around her.

Le Koala - Une espèce « vulnérable »
Identification profile

A “vulnerable” species

  • Name: Koala
  • Latin name: Phascolarctossinereus
  • Origin: Australia
  • IUCN status: Vulnerable
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Karine

Keeper
The koala is the greatest discovery of my life... Taking care of them every day has become a great passion!
Le Koala - Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

From Australia

Pairi Daiza is very honoured to host Coco and to be able to count on the support and trust of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane is an Australian centre for breeding and protection.

In addition to koalas, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has been home to over 100 native animal species since its creation in 1927. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary also raises funds to support research for a vaccine against chlamydia in koalas, the breeding of endangered species such as the Mary River Turtle, and awareness-raising campaigns, for the conservation of the Tasmanian Devil and other species.

Sponsor the koalas

Sponsorship amounts are exclusively for the PairiDaiza Foundation for projects for the conservation and protection of threatened species.

Je parraine les Koalas