- A panda can grow up to 1.5 meters and can weigh more than 45 kilos.
- In the wild, pandas live for an average of 15 to 20 years.
- Not all pandas are black and white, a few are brown and white, but these are very rare.
- Pandas are excellent tree climbers and can climb trees from 7 months old.
- They spend as long as 14 hours of eating per day and spend the rest of their time sleeping.
- An adult panda can eat 12 to 38 kilos of bamboo per day.
- Panda families don’t live together, and females raise the cubs alone.
- Males live apart, except in the short breeding season from March to May, when they compete for female attention.
- Female pandas give birth to one or two cubs every two years.
- Cubs stay with their mothers for 18 months before venturing off on their own.
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- Koalas are found in the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia.
- When an infant koala – called a joey – is born, it immediately climbs up to its mother’s pouch. A joey grows and develops in the pouch for about six months. Once strong enough, the youngster rides around on its mother’s back for a further six months, only using the pouch to feed.
- Koalas have 5 digits on each front paw, two of which are opposed to the others, much like our thumbs are able to be moved differently from the fingers. This helps them to hold firmly onto the branches and to grip their food.
- Koalas survive on a diet of eucalyptus leaves and can eat up to a kilogram a day. Pretty impressive, considering eucalyptus is poisonous to most animals. Their special fiber digesting organ, called a caecum, helps to detoxify the chemicals in the leaves.
- Koalas are lazy and sleep most of the day and can sleep up to 18 hours a day.
- Koalas lives up to 20 years.
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