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Miami MetroZoo (June 1, 2008) Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) Koalas are often called "koala bears" - this is not correct. Koala is not a bear but a marsupial. The closest relative of koala is a wombat. Once numbering in the millions, Koalas suffered major declines in population during the 1920s when they were hunted for their fur. Today, habitat destruction, traffic deaths, and attacks by dogs kill an estimated 4,000 koalas yearly. Australian national laws protect Koalas, but each individual state is responsible for the animal's conservation. Don't you just want to cuddle with it??!!

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