There are 50 to 60 million kangaroos living on the Australian continent. There are 48 kangaroo species, and the current population is the highest on record, as of 2014.
The kangaroo is the most common large wild mammal on Earth because of its growing numbers. There are twice as many kangaroos in Australia as there are sheep. There are nearly three times more kangaroos than cows in Australia. The kangaroo eats grass just like cattle and sheep, so the grassland consumption of kangaroo populations is monitored closely. Australia governs the kangaroo population with commercial harvests in excess of 2.5 million animals a year. The kangaroo is nocturnal, unlike domestic range animals.Learn More
Koalas live in forested areas of Australia, where the temperature ranges between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, according to PawNation. They are sensitive to heat, so koalas occupy only Australia’s eastern and southeastern coasts and steer clear of the warmer northern regions where summer heat can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit.Full Answer >
While sloths are lethargic and non-aggressive, they possess 4-inch claws that they use to defend themselves from predators. However, on the ground they can only travel about 53 feet per hour, making them easy to evade.Full Answer >
Koalas give birth to tiny and underdeveloped young, with the mothers weighing hundreds of times more than the newborns. The infant animal immediately crawls into the pouch of its mother -- the pouch faces back toward the birth canal -- and attaches to a nipple. It remains in the pouch for around 6 months and is fed milk and pre-digested leaves until it is weaned about a year later.Full Answer >
Sloths sleep for up to 20 hours per day. When they are awake, they move so slowly that algae grows on their fur. According to National Geographic, some scientists believe that the slow movements and algae camouflage make the sloths less vulnerable to predators that rely on vision for hunting, such as hawks or cats.Full Answer >