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Koala Habitat: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Koalas are known for being cute, unique creatures, but do you know where koalas live and why? In this lesson, discover where koalas like to call home, and find out some cool facts about their habitats.

Cuddly Creatures

What's fuzzy and cuddly and likes to sleep in trees? A koala! These special animals have captured many people's hearts for being so cute! You may know a lot of cool facts about koalas, and maybe you even have a koala poster or stuffed animal. But what do you know about where they live? Let's explore the habitat, or natural living environment, of a koala.

Koalas are marsupial animals, with pouches for their young.
marsupial

Where In The World Are Koalas?

In order to learn about koala habitats, you will need to travel all the way to Australia. Koalas are native to this island continent. It is believed that the ancestors of koalas emerged from rainforests, but now koalas live in different parts of Australia. Koalas can hang out near beaches and islands, or further inland in wooded areas.

Koalas are often found along coastal areas of Australia.
beach

Happy Habitats

If you could think of the perfect place to live, what would you need? Food and friends? That's exactly what koalas look for in their perfect habitat! Koalas like to be around each other, so they won't live isolated and away from their buddies. They also must have access to trees, because they are herbivores. This means that they eat only plants. In particular, they love a special type of tree called a eucalyptus tree. These types of trees can be found throughout Australia, making it a perfect place for them to live.

Koalas love to munch on tree leaves, especially those from eucalyptus trees.
koala

Tree Sleepers

Would you think that a tree would make a good bed? You would if you were a koala! Another reason why koalas need trees in their habitats is because they spend much of their time sleeping in trees. In fact, koalas are known to sleep up to 18 hours a day. So, how do they sleep in such a strange bed? They have sharp claws that help them hang on to the tree bark. It's not unusual to walk through a forest in Australia and see many koalas curled up in trees snoozing away.

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