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The koala is broadly similar in appearance to the wombat (its closest living relative), but has a thicker coat, much larger ears, and longer limbs. The koala has large, sharp claws to assist with climbing tree trunks. Weight varies from about 14 kg for a large southern male, to about 5 kg for a small northern female. The koala's five fingers are arranged with opposable thumbs, providing better gripping ability. The first two fingers are positioned in apposition on the front paws, and the first three fingers for the hind paws.

The koala is one of the few mammals (other than primates) that has fingerprints. Koala fingerprints are similar to human fingerprints; even with an electron microscope, it can be quite difficult to distinguish between the two. A Koala Skeleton The teeth of the koala are adapted to their herbivorous diet, and are similar to those of other diprotodont marsupials, such as kangaroos and wombats.

Sunshine Coast

Ever since 1770 when Captain Cook first discovered the Glass House Mountains, the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia has been famous because of its spectacular surroundings, including magnificent beaches and world renowned Sunshine Coast accommodation. One of the first things visitors notice when they arrive on the Sunshine Coast, are the fantastic coastal views, top class surfing opportunities, great fishing, or just plain bush walking. It simply cannot be denied that the Sunshine Coast is by all accounts a major tourist hub, partly because of the presence of Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo, the Big Pineapple, the Majestic Theatre, and of course, Underwater World Marine Park.

The area general is also home to several natural parks and sanctuaries, bearing in mind that the biodiversity of the area has enjoyed a high level of protection here from five separate parks, namely: Mapleton Falls National Park, Kondalilla National Park, The Glasshouse Mountains National Park, Noosa National Park, and the Great Sandy National Park, which includes sections on Fraser Island and in Cooloola near Rainbow Beach.

Unfortunately however, the Sunshine Coast region is on the brink of experiencing a huge ecological disaster, in that it is believed that the koala population may very well be heading towards depletion unless some drastic measures are taken in order to prevent any further decline in their numbers. In the not too distant past, it was estimated that there were approximately 20,000 koalas, and yet in a recent survey which lasted for eight days, not a single koala was spotted on the Sunshine Coast.

It's hardly surprising then that so many nature conservationists have issued warnings relating to the possible extinction of the koalas within the next 30 years. A similar decline in numbers has also been observed in southeast Queensland, according to recent figures which were released by the government. That's right, just as many of us are fascinated with dinosaurs, it may not be long before people are fascinated with the fact that koalas once lived on this planet. If like so many others you would really like to have an opportunity to see koalas living in nature, you had better book your Sunshine Coast holiday before it's too late.

Is it possible for tourism to help reverse this impending disaster? Of course, many would argue that the situation could've been avoided in the first place had it not been for overdevelopment in the region, but one should also bear in mind that nature reserves and natural habitats can in many cases be afforded protection by channelling money to them which comes from echo tourism. Additionally, tourism can help to raise the status of koalas, and of course if there is more awareness of the plight of the koala, politicians may be pressured into doing more to save them.

Interestingly enough, years and years of research has shown beyond all doubt that a great number of tourists who come to Australia do so because of their interest in Australia's wildlife. As you can no doubt imagine, most tourists enjoy having an opportunity to see koalas living in nature rather than seeing them in a zoo. Also, the species has become closely associated with Australia's image, largely because tourist information usually includes mention of koalas. According to experts, if the koala population continues declining it's very likely to have a negative impact on the international tourism to the region.

If you're thinking of having a Sunshine Coast holiday and you're determined to see koalas, then you'll be glad to know that they can be seen in Noosa National Park. However, because sightings are usually few and far between you will need to have some patience. Currently, Australia Zoo is the only place that can guarantee you a chance to see koala.

For tourists longing to catch their first glimpse of a koala in the wild, the time to do so may be sooner than you think, particularly on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Conservationists are very concerned about their rapidly declining numbers.

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