Koalas are not a 'bear'
A beary common misconception
Lots of people refer to koalas as 'koala bears' due to their similarity in appearance to bears. Calling a koala a 'bear' is scientifically incorrect. Koalas are marsupial mammals not placental or 'eutherian' mammals like bears and humans. The name is simply 'koala'.
Marsupials are animals that have a very short gestation period and their young are born at an early stage of development. The majority of their development occurs in the safety of a pouch.
Koalas are not the only marsupials at Lone Pine. Other marsupials you may encounter include; Tasmanian Devil, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, and possums. Australia is home to 140 marsupial species.
Despite their appearance, there is no relation to bears.