Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Koala Vacation

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Koalas @ San Diego Zoo
          Outside of Australia, the San Diego Zoo has the largest koala population and had the most successful koala breeding program. But of course, the joy and excitement would probably be very different if we see the koalas in their native habitat in the coastal regions of Eastern and Southern Australia. For Australians, their perfect australian holidays would mean mixing rich cultural history with awe inspiring natural sceneries and awesome wildlife, such as the koalas, kangaroos and many more.
          I love observing koalas. I always think they are so cuddly and cute. Whenever I take a walk at the zoo, I always stop by at the koala exhibit and check if the koalas are awake. Most of the time, they are sleeping.Whenever I see the koalas awake, I can't help myself but keep on pressing the shutter of my camera despite probably I take the same pictures :). During the day, the koalas are mostly asleep being nocturnal animals. So, it is always a great treat for me to see the koalas playing with each other.
Three Koalas, what do you think are they talking about?
Now, how many Koalas Do You See Here?
          Notice the eucalyptus leaves surrounding the koalas, these are koalas's fooods. Koalas feed on eucalyptus, which has very little nutritional value. You may think the koalas eat the same type of food everyday, but there are more than 600 different kinds of eucalyptus. For the koalas, each type of eucalyptus tastes different. 
          Koalas spend 3 of their 5 active hours eating eucalyptus, and then sleeping for 16 to18 hours. Good life? :) Now, I am thinking of a good vacation :)
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24 comments:

  1. Betchai, I ADORE koalas. They are just so adorable and laid back. I always thought that in a past life I was one. Not because they are cute :) but because what a life they have. Sleep 16 hours a day, hang around on trees and eat for 5 to six hours a day. I do that now :D LOL! Fantastic captures of these cute little guys.

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  2. Betchai, wonderful shots. You made all these Koalas look huggable. They are so cute. Your post is also very informative.

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  3. what a cutie! you maybe right about the population of koala being the largest in San Diego. in fact i only saw 1 koala when i was in australia and i saw more in your photos than i had in mine. hahaha

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  4. They are adorable Betchai! It's fascinating to observe them. Fantastic shots!

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  5. Soooooo cuuuuutee! hehehe...i love the second picture...lovely shots madam!:)

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  6. they are so cute wonderwoman!- 16 to 18 hours of sleep and 600 different kinds of eucalyptus...i'd say good life too!...i think they were talking about you hahahaha, love yah Liz!

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  7. They are such wonderful creature. Sleeping seems to be their favorite past time though. Very nice!

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  8. I love looking at koalas, they're so cute. I never knew that there are koalas in San Diego....your photos of the koalas made them more cuter than ever.

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  9. They are so cute. I can't imagine it must have been an eye feast for you. I haven't seen any in real life or knew there were gray ones such as these.

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  10. they r so cute. this is the first time i have seen them in color. I saw them before in a book

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  11. Beth, these are very good shots of the koalas! I and my nieces haven't seen one and we are all excited to see them. Glad to know we do not have to go to Australia, San Diego is more accessible! :)

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  12. I love koalas. I have even been to the San Diego zoo to see the koalas there. Your koala photos are absolutely adorable.

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  13. I love the koalas in your pictures!They look so cute and cuddly.I envy their life, they sleep and eat a lot hehe.How i wish i have the same luxury of time to sleep that long.

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  14. We love to watch the Koala bears too. They are such an interesting looking animal.

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  15. No wonder I don't see a lot of koalas at the LA Zoo. I did not know they sleep that long. I see them sleeping even on the branches.

    Nice photos and very informative post.

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  16. Now you made me thinking about sleeping 18 hours.. :D

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  17. they are so adorable Beth! i saw 4 koalas! and hey, what a good life indeed! now dreaming of an Australian adventure too. :)

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  18. oh my goodness, beth! i had no idea koalas slept that long, hahahah!! that is absolutely AMAZING and, boy, do i envy them:) what i would give to have the chance to sleep that long (or even HALF that long) even for a day!! like you, i LOVE koalas! i have to agree- they do look very cute and cuddly:) i see them at zoos and feel like i want to carry them home with me:) i enjoyed viewing your koala pictures, beth! as always, i found each one inspiring and smile-inducing. and i also learned a lot from this post. thanks, beth! - MJ

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  19. They look like teddy bears! I wish they have them too here in England! :)

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  20. There are so many. I wonder if they mind people watching them all the time. Looks like they have lots of time socializing with each other.

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  21. Koalas are so cute and cuddly. It sure would be awesome to see them in their natural habitat in Australia someday. :D

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  22. When I lived up North I was sad to see the summer end. Now I can't wait LOL! Your pictures are lovely. I especially love the dolphin shots.

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