The Australian Koala eats about 2.5 pounds of eucalyptus leaves a day.
Babies eat about 1.5 pounds a day. Koalas have one baby about every two
ears. Pregnancy takes 35 days. The cub stays in the pouch for six months,
until it is old enough to get food on its own. The koala can grow to be
as large as 33 inches and weigh up to 26 pounds. It have been mistaken
for rabbits, prairie dogs, and rodents. In the wild, a koala can live to
be 13 years old. In captivity, it can live about 16 to 20 years.
My animal is the platypus. Its body is 15 inches long. Its tail is five
inches long and its head and bill together are seven inches. It is called
the duck-billed platypus because it has a bill like a duck. In my section
of the Australian exhibit, I have a pond where the platypus can swim and
get its food. I also have a bush where it can find insects. It eats worms,
insects, and young shellfish. It weighs four and one-half pounds, and it
is the only egg-laying mammal.
My animal is the dingo dog. It has reddish and yellowish brown fur with
white under parts, feet, and tail tip. The dingo is 1.2 meter (four feet)
long. It stands about 60 cm at shoulder height, including its 30 cm (12
inch) bushy tail. It lives in an underground den or an abandoned borrow
in the savannahs, plains, and woodlands of Australia. It eats zebras, birds,
koalas, rabbits, kangaroos, rodents, and livestock. The dingo can have
6-16 pups in one litter. The pups are usually born in an underground den
or an abandoned borrow. My part of the Australian exhibit covers everything
the dingo needs: trees for shade, water for drinking, and covers 200 meters
in enclosure space.
Date Updated: January 18, 2001