Koala - Phascolarctos cinereus
I have come across this little fella on my way to an environmental centre north of Brisbane, Australia. It is not often that you see Koalas in the wild, mostly because they are not moving around and are high up in the eucalyptus trees, hence hard to spot. This one, however, decided to be about 3m off the ground and enjoyed his view. It is sad that more and more development in the greater Brisbane area destroying more and more habitat. Not only for the Koalas but for many native species. Koalas, unfortunately, can’t just move to another area, if their preferred food is not available then they can’t survive.
The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus, or, inaccurately, koala bear) is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae and its closest living relatives are the wombats. The koala is found in coastal areas of the mainland's eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.
I love to photograph Australian wildlife and try bringing the captured wildlife closer to my audience. By showing these beautiful animals I hope to make the viewer aware of the fragility of nature and what we need to protect.
Every day our planet loses about 200 species of plants, bird, and mammals.
I hope to capture a fraction of them before they are gone…