Koala
Male, about to fall
Adelaide Hills
Koala
Male, retreating
 
    
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus ssp victor)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Mammals (Mammalia)
Order: Kangaroos & Wombats (Diprotodontia)
Family: Koala (Phascolarctidae)
Species: Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus ssp victor)
This Photo:     Male, saved himself

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills, and elsewhere
While considered cute and cuddly, wild animals should not be approached. Animals that people hold in zoo's are tame. As with any large wild animal, they can inflict severe injuries if cornered. Having said that, they are not openly aggressive.
A male's mating call is a loud, deep, sickening sound. It's a much bigger sound than their size suggests. This is on purpose; the ladies like their boys to be big, so the boys oblige

They love our stringy bark gum trees and visit regularly.
We also often see them walking on the roads through the hills. Unfortunately they don't last very long on the South Eastern Freeway.

You may think we've made a mistake ... of course Koala's aren't introduced! Well, yes they were; locally at least. Introduced to the Adelaide Hills in the middle of last century. So while an Australian native, not a native where these photo's were taken.
This can be related to Cootamundra Wattle. A NSW native, now an "introduced" weed species in the Adelaide Hills.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 24-Mar-2014
This species is classed as Ir (Regionally Introduced)