September is Save the Koala Month
17th September, 2014
Imagine sleeping 18-20 hours every day whilst spending the remainder of your hectic daily schedule munching on a delicious menu of fresh Gum leaves. It’s a hard life being a Koala but at Featherdale Wildlife Park, we make sure our little Aussie icons receive the best possible care.
The Koala breeding season is now in full swing which is a very busy time of the year for Featherdale's Koala Keepers . Each year, the Park breeds between 4-6 Joeys and in its 42 years of operation, Featherdale has successfully bred over 210 Koalas. Once Joeys reach maturity, they will form part of Featherdale’s captive population or, be sent to other wildlife parks or zoos throughout the country to become part of their own breeding programs. Already, three joeys are emerging from the pouch from last season and visitors can meet them during their visit to Featherdale.
September is Save the Koala month and, as threats to wild Koala populations increase, it is vitally important that Wildlife institutions such as Featherdale play a conservation role in highlighting the plight of the species. Road fatalities and introduced species such as dogs have decimated Koala numbers. However, it is the destruction of habitats through land clearing, bushfires and diseases of the eucalypts, such as ‘dieback', which have caused the greatest threat to the species.
Featherdale currently houses one of Australia’s largest private collections of Koalas and provides daily free encounters where visitors are invited to get right up close and interact with these beautiful animals. These days, it is often unusual to see a Koala in the wild which makes these encounters a truly memorable experience.
Did you know:
- Koalas are mostly nocturnal and can sleep between 18-20 hours per day.
- Koalas do not sleep all day because they become drunk or stoned on Eucalyptus leaves. Most of their time is spent sleeping because it requires a lot of energy to digest their toxic, fibrous diet and sleeping is the best way to conserve energy.
- Koalas are not bears but are MARSUPIALS, which means that their young are born immature & they develop further in the safety of a pouch.