Male, about to fall
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Mammals (Mammalia)|
|Order:||Kangaroos & Wombats (Diprotodontia)|
|Species:||Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus ssp victor)|
|This Photo:||Male, saved himself|
General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly 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 stringy bark gum trees.
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.