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The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), also known as ‘little bear’, is an Australian marsupial mammal, the only living representative of the family Phascolarctidae or marsupial climbers. Its scientific name derives from the Greek word phaskolos (pouch) and arktos (bear) and from the Latin word cinereus (grey). Its common name derives from gula in Dharuk, an extinct Australian dialect. Koalas can be found mainly along the eastern coast of Australia, from Adelaide to the tip of the Cape York Peninsula, where there is enough rain for eucalyptus forests to grow, the staple food of koalas.