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Australia Endangered Species: Victoria Koala

Animal

Victoria Koala is a subspecies koala distributed in Victoria. Koalas are the only extant species in the genus Koalas of the Koala family and inhabit only Australia. Victoria koalas are known as the largest and longest-haired koalas. There are three types of koalas in all, but all koalas are endangered animals. In Australia in recent years, the number of koalas is decreasing year by year due to land development and fires.

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Location

Victoria Koala is a subspecies koala distributed in Victoria.

History

Compared to the other two species, Victoria Koalas are characterized by their large size and long hair. It is 60-80 cm long and weighs 4-9 kg. Victoria Koalas only live in Victoria, Australia. Her hair is dark brown and she usually acts alone. Koalas are non-drinking creatures. In Aboriginal, koala means “animal that does not drink water”. Koalas are animals with bags on their stomachs and are marsupials. Victoria koalas inhabit forest areas and woodlands up to an altitude of 600 m, and prefer forests with many eucalyptus trees. Koalas are homeothermic animals and live by clinging to trees to keep them above 36 ° C. Also, natural enemies are carnivores such as dingos, dogs and foxes.

Ecology

Koalas are decorative animals that live on eucalyptus. I also eat acacia leaves. The breeding form of koalas is embryonic. Koalas usually live alone, but during the breeding season, females and males come to live together. The breeding season is from September to February, and one can be bred at a time. The gestation period is 34-36 days and it is raised in a pouch for about 6-7 months. Males mature in a few years and females sexually mature in the first two years of life. Females can breed from 12 to 15 years old. Females have a lifespan of about 18 years in the wild, and males have a shorter lifespan.

Endangered species

Victoria koalas, like other koalas, are endangered species. The main threat to hunting for fur is the Victoria Koala, which has been the target of hunting since modern times and when Europeans settled. In addition, land development has caused fragmentation of habitats, and koala habitats are gradually decreasing. In Victoria, conservation activities are currently underway on Phillip Island and French Island. Victoria has enacted legislation dealing with wildlife in general, limiting animal trade.

Breeding

Victoria koalas are fairly difficult to raise for the general public due to trade restrictions and declining populations. Watch at the zoo or go to Australia.

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