I recently had the opportunity to visit the Dallas Zoo. It was my first visit to Dallas and my first visit to the Dallas Zoo. It was a wonderful zoo! Since spring arrived in the south so early this year, all of the vegetation was lush and in bloom. I have never been to a zoo that had koala "bears", so I made a beeline straight for their enclosure.
I was not disappointed. The koalas were magnificent!
The koalas are such amazing animals, so I thought I would look up the stats and statistics for them:
- Koalas are often called bears, but this is not correct. Koalas are marsupials.
- Koalas weigh between 9 and 20 pounds.
- Koala fur is thick and soft and pleasant to touch.
- Koalas can live up to 17 years.
- Koalas spend up to 75% of each day sleeping. They become active at sunset.
- Koalas survive solely on a diet of eucalyptus leaves.
- Koalas seldon drink water. The eucalyptus leaves are about 50% water.
- Koalas have a very slow metabolism due to their nutrient poor diet.
- Koalas breed once a year. The gestation period is only 35 days.
- The baby is born hairless and blind, is less than one inch long and weighs less than one ounce.
- Unaided, the baby must crawl to its mother's pouch, relying only on its sense of smell to do so.
- Once inside the pouch, the baby will remain for 6 months, drinking milk from the mother.
This was my first encounter with the koala. I watched them for quite some time, and left very satisfied with the experience!