Heathcliffe, a joey at the Riverside zoo in Columbia, SC, gets comfy in his tree.
Koalas. They’re small and furry and sleep 23 hours a day. That’s one hour a day they don’t spend snoozing up in a tree. Although koalas are native to Australia, you can see them in many zoos around the world. Not all zoos have them though, because koalas are very expensive to maintain. It costs $30,000 a year per koala. Did you know that koalas eat almost nothing but eucalyptus leaves? This makes them a herbivore and explains why they’re so pricey to keep.
Although koalas are often referred to as bears, they are actually not a part of the bear family, but marsupials. You can tell by their pouch where they nurse their joeys (baby koalas). Joeys stay in their mother’s pouch until they are old enough to ride on her back or belly. Koalas can live up to 20 years and weigh an average of 20 pounds. They can grow up to 85 cm tall. I know that sounds big, but believe me, it’s not. Next to a six-foot man, they are only up to the knees.
Many people don’t know this, but koalas are threatened animals. These furry creatures were frequently hunted during the 1920s and 1930s and their population plummeted. But with a little help from humans, they were reintroduced into the wild and have reappeared in most of their former habitats. The critical problem now is that Australian’s woodland is being destroyed every day. We don’t have to stand by and watch, though. You can help by donating to websites like Save the Koalas. So don’t just stand there! If we work together, we can bring the Koalas back!
Until next time,
The Creature Helper
Ever seen a monarch butterfly? Well, at any rate, these beautiful butterflies are also endangered because people are destroying milkweed. Monarchs need milkweed to reproduce. First a monarch would lay its eggs. Then the eggs would hatch and out would come baby caterpillars. Next the caterpillars would much on food until they are big and strong. Finally, they would make a chrysalis on a milkweed plant.. Monarch butterflies stay hanging on that tree for quite a while so it wouldn’t be very pleasant for them if someone chopped down the milkweed while they were developing into butterflies. Here is how you can help them:
1. Plant milkweed so the moms can lay their eggs there and the babies can grow there
2. DO NOT try to catch them and/or keep them as pets
3. Donate to earthrangers.com which accepts donations to help the monarch butterfly.
4. Plant other butterfly attracting plants such as butterfly magnet and lavender in your garden. Monarchs and other butterfly’s feed on them
5. DO NOT touch monarch caterpillars, eggs, or butterflies
This is a monarch caterpillar on a milkweed leaf.
Well that is all you need to know. Stay tuned for new posts.
me holding a spotted turtle at an oshawa mall!
Hello again. I love spotted turtles. I made bookmarks and sold them to my classmates to raise money and I had a garage sale for them too. I did all of this because of earthrangers.com! I also love Earth Rangers. You can donate through the website to an endangered animal of your choice and earn buttons and medals. Well, anyhow I will blog about endangered animals and all animals with tips on how to help them. People are destroying the habitats of spotted turtles and they live in the marshy areas of Ontario. I do not know where exactly because it has to stay secret so no one will try to poach the eggs of the spotted turtles. You can help them by donating to Earth Rangers.
Stay tuned for more Earth Rangers news1
P.S. Watch this video I made to learn more about the spotted turtle. You can also watch it on YouTube.