Phascolarctos cinereus

Koalas live in Australia and are fed exclusively with eucalyptus leaves. "Cinereus" is the only species in genus "Phascolarctos", which is the only genus in family "Phascolarctidae". They may sleep up to 20 hours a day, spending the rest four hours eating and doing whatever else one needs to do while not asleep.

The above picture was taken at the koala conservatory in Philip Island, a small island close to Melbourne, Australia, in January 2003.

Family Phascolarctidae
Order Diprotodontia
Subclass Marsupialia
Class Mammalia
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
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