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Some people refer to the koala as a koala bear, but this is incorrect, since koalas are not part of the bear family. This mistake goes back to the early 1800s when the taxonomy of the koala was not fully understood. The word "koala" comes from an Aboriginal word meaning "does not drink." This again is technically incorrect - koalas do occasionally drink. They do, however, gain most of the water they need from their food and from dew that has formed on leaves.
Koalas are found all along the eastern coast of Australia and as far inland as there is enough rainfall to support suitable forests.Where suitable trees are widely spaced koalas need to spend too much time on the ground to avoid the attention of predators. They are absent from Tasmania.