G’day, mates! The latest issue of Zoobooks is all about koalas (as well as other Australian animals). Even though koalas are sometimes referred to as “koala bears,” these Australian mammals aren’t bears at all—they’re marsupials! Koala mothers carry their babies in a pouch, just like kangaroos. Koalas’ pouches open towards the mom’s hind legs, instead of towards the mom’s head. Baby koalas spend the first 22 weeks of their lives inside their moms’ pouches, and afterward, they continue to nurse and sleep in their pouch. Baby koalas, called joeys, stay with their mothers until they’re about a year old.
Photo by Robyn Cox