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19 th Century
Koala's are marsupials and one of the few mammals capable of digesting the aromatic and pungent oil filled leaves of the native Australian eucalyptus . Koala is an Aboriginal word meaning 'it does not drink' as it derives sufficient moisture from it's gum leaf diet and dew . They spend nearly all their lives in the trees eating around 500 grams of leaves for around four hours a night and dozing for the remaining twenty wedged securely in a branch fork . Occasionally they descend to change trees or promote digestion by eating soil , bark and gravel .
With their large wide bear like face and smooth black muzzle set in soft long grey fur they have a deceptively placid appearance . They have short powerful limbs with sharp claws that are readily used to bite and scratch as well as to grip onto the limbs of trees .
Koalas have few natural predators apart from large birds of prey . Aside from man , it is land clearance for farming , forestry and building that poses the most considerable threat to their continued wild existence . It was first reported as being seen in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in 1789 as a kind of sloth or monkey . By 1908 it was slaughtered to such an extent that 57,933 pelts passed through the Sydney fur market alone . By 1924 over two million pelts were exported from the eastern states . They are now reduced to extinction in some parts of Australia .
|Height||30.50 cm||(12.01 inches)|