Koalas are not bears. How many times have you heard this? I’m not sure if everyone knows this by now, it’s something that gets drummed into us and I’m afraid that visitors to our country are told this over and over again as well (my apologies).

People will call koalas bears because they look a little like a bear, but they are not bears. They are marsupials, which are animals with a fairly short gestational period requiring the underdeveloped young to continue to mature in a pouch.

We took a drive a couple of days ago, out to Kennet River where there is a small caravan park among the gum trees. The koalas have taken up residence in these trees and can be seen just lying on branches in the trees, occasionally eating leaves or having a scratch. I was lucky enough to capture some of the action with my Olympus OMD EM5 with my 60mm prime lens.


I submit these photos to Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic. This is a lovely place for photo-aholics to hang out and share their latest pics, please come along for a visit.

x desleyjane

Posted by:desleyjane

photographer, blogger, planner, scientist, dog lover, frequent flyer, daughter, sister, BFF, human

27 replies on “How much can a Koala Bear?

  1. It’s one of those things you have to unlearn, isn’t it. Especially for us non-Australians. I seem to remember as a child they were always ‘koala-bears’. That seemed to be their full name. That’s what we were taught. I was much older when I learnt that they aren’t bears! How misinformation is passed from generation to generation! Great pictures. 🙂

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    What lovely pictures, by the way.

    On a side note, I saw these and got so excited that I felt like I was reverting back to a twelve year old version of myself. 🙂

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  3. Oh these little guys are soooo cute! I remember as a kid having a healthy obsession for koalas… Gosh , one day I’ll see one in person ! Your photos are super!

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