Throughout our Tropic Wings Tours, you get the chance to be up close and personal with many animals. One of these, is the beautiful koala. Our Tropic Wings Kuranda tour visits the Rainforestation, and the Cape Tribulation Tours visit the Wildlife Habitat. Both of these parks include visits to these beautiful animals.
These marsupials can be find in the wild from as far as North Queensland, and as low as Victoria. However, the further you go north the sparser these creatures are. In terms of their diet, koalas are fussy eaters. Out of the 800 varieties of Eucalyptus, koalas only eat around 65. During the wild however, koalas may only have a home range that has one or two different varieties. Within our parks, we have managed to source 12 different varieties. This gives our animals the ability to choose what they want to eat
These nocturnal creatures sleep for an average of 18 hours a day. This is because their eucalypt diet has limited nutritional and caloric content. Living in the tree tops, koalas are very rarely seen on the ground. Generally, the only time this will happen is when they are moving to a different tree or when injured. Once two koalas have mated, the pregnancy lasts for approximately 35 days.
The joeys are born underdeveloped and live in the mother’s pouch for roughly 9 months. During this time, they joey receives its nutrients from its mother. Grown koalas have a digestive system that is adapted to detoxify the poisonous chemicals within the eucalyptus leaves. Just before the joey is ready to leave the mums pouch, the mother passes on the digesting bacteria to the joey. Once this is done, the young koala is then able to take to the normal diet of a koala.
All of our parks strive to provide our animals with the most suitable and natural habitat. This ensures that their welfare is maintained to the highest standards and that our guests leave with a memorable experience.
Through understanding and appreciation, we can all assist with conservation. Not just with koalas, but with our entire wildlife. The number of wild koalas within FNQ slowly diminishing, so we all need to do what we can to help this species. Our koalas are faced with many threats, most of which are things we can reduce. Things like deforestation, pollution, and escaped domestic dogs all threaten the lives of koalas.
If you would like to know more about these remarkable animals, join us on a tour or give one of our parks a call!