We had a Swiss backpacker stay with us for a while. I took her to see some Koalas at the Koala Centre in Daisy Hill Conservation Park. It is an education centre to teach the public about the decline in population of Koalas and how we can protect them. They care for rescued Koalas, usually babies/joeys that have been found in a mother's pouch after she has been killed by a dog, a cat or a car. When the joey has grown big enough, it is released back into the forest near where it was found.
Koalas are not bears and we have been taught not to call them Koala Bears any more as they are not related at all.
Koalas are nocturnal and they climb down from their safe haven high in the Eucalypt Tree at night and walk from tree to tree eating only Eucalypt leaves from certain species of trees.
They are usually solitary animals. When they want to mate they raise their head and make a loud growling, grunting noise. It sounds like a pig.
They sleep most of the day. When it is cold they curl up in a ball but when it is hot they stretch out their limbs.
It was hard to hold the camera still under an umbrella and with rain drops on the lens.
You can see his wet coat and he is curled up trying to escape from the elements.
They are gorgeous little animals, a little smelly, up close. It is sad that housing developments are eating away at their habitat. 4,000 per year are admitted to the Koala hospital in Brisbane.