The koala is an adorable animal native to Australia, but don’t call it a bear; koalas are marsupials, which means females have built-in pouches. Koalas have a number of other fascinating characteristics and much to teach us. Here are five things we can learn from the koala:

1. Stake Your Claim

Koalas create their own environment by selecting a few trees which they consider their “home trees.” The area the trees cover is referred to as the koala’s “range.” Find your own ideal stomping grounds in an area where you can thrive and truly enjoy life.

2.  Be Protective and Nurturing   

Female koalas of breeding age typically have just one offspring per per year. Baby Koalas are known as “joeys,” and they are born just an inch long, blind, without fur and undeveloped ears. The mother koala nurses the joey in her pouch for up to seven months, then allows it to ride on her back until it is ready to venture out alone (in one to three years). Take steps to protect and shelter those who need a hand in your own life.

3. Be Discerning

It’s OK to like what you like and stick with it, and the koala is known for this. They are discerning eaters and only consume specific types of eucalyptus tree leaves, despite there being over 600 varieties of the tree. 

4. Make Time for Rest and Relaxation

Koalas sleep up to 20 hours each day. This is largely because their diet of fibrous eucalyptus leaves requires a lot of energy to digest, and sleeping helps them to conserve energy. While we humans can’t get away with that much sleep, the koala reminds us to relax and get plenty of rest so that we can savor and enjoy our waking hours.

5. Honor Your Natural Rhythms and Preferences

The koala is a naturally nocturnal animal that tends to sleep during the day and come out at night. Are you a second- or third-shifter trapped in a first-shift life? Draw inspiration from the koala and take steps to create your own ideal schedule.

Koalas are adorable creatures with a number of fascinating qualities. Consider where you might apply their unique characteristics to your own life.