This cute baby koala was shot in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, QLD, Australia.
Learn about Koalas:
The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is a thickset arboreal marsupial herbivore native to Australia, and the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae.
The Koala is found in coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia, from near Adelaide to the southern part of Cape York Peninsula. Populations also extend for considerable distances inland in regions with enough moisture to support suitable woodlands. The Koalas of South Australia were largely exterminated during the early part of the 20th century, but the state has since been repopulated with Victorian stock. The Koala is not found in Tasmania or Western Australia.
Contrary to (un)popular belief: A koala is NOT a bear!
The US Government have declared the koala a threatened species, however the Australian Government has not. A review of the species national conservation status concluded that the koala are not threatened at a national scale, with a population that numbers in the hundreds of thousands
As with most native Australian animals, the Koala cannot legally be kept as a pet in Australia without a permit.
About this photo
This was my first photo in Flickr Explore! Check this photo's Explore history.
Highest recorded Explore: 16 on Saturday, March 29, 2008!
It is currently the number one hit if you search for "koala" on Flickr, and the number one google-hit for "cutest koala". I get a LOT of views for this one, so thanks goes out to each and ever one of you for having a look at it!
It is currently used as one of several illustrative photos on the Wikipedia article on Koalas.
-Added to the Cream of the Crop pool as most interesting.
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