Sloth Vs Koala – So Similar In So Many Ways

Even though I write mostly about sloths on this website, I do love all animals and will sometimes write about animals other than sloths. In this particular article, I will combine writing about sloths with writing about another animal – specifically, the koala. Sloth vs koala is the topic of this article and in it, I will do some comparisons between these two wonderful animals.

As I write this article, I am going to move through it in the following manner: first, I am going to describe sloths in a bit of detail; then, I am going to describe koalas in a bit of detail; after that, I am going to discuss some of the similarities between sloths and koalas; finally, I am then going to talk about a special day that occurs every year in May and what that date is about. By the end of the article, I hope to have educated and entertained you (at least a little bit). So, let the discussion begin…..


A Little Bit About Sloths

A variety of information about sloths can be found in various articles throughout this website. As such, for the purposes of this particular article, I will simply provide a summary of some of that information:

  • Sloths are mammals.
  • Sloths live in the rainforests of Central and South America.
  • The most common food item for sloths is leaves.
  • Sloths move slower than any other mammal on the planet.
  • Most of a sloth’s life is spent hanging upside down.
  • Sloths know how to swim quite well.
  • The anteater is the closest relative to the sloth.
  • The three main predators of sloths are jaguars, ocelots, and harpy eagles.
  • A baby sloth is known as a “cub”.


A Little Bit About Koalas

Now, a summary of some information about koalas:

  • Koalas are mammals and are often called “koala bears”, which is inaccurate as they are not bears.
  • According to Australian Koala Foundation, “They live in the tall eucalypt forests and low eucalypt woodlands of mainland eastern Australia, and on some islands off the southern and eastern coasts. Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia are the only states where Koalas are found naturally in the wild.”
  • According to The University of Sydney, “Eucalyptus leaves are the main source of a koala’s diet, and its digestive system has uniquely adapted to break down the harsh leaves. Koalas are extremely picky with their food, but will occasionally branch out (literally) and eat from other Australian natives.”
  • The wombat is the closest relative to the koala.
  • The main predators of koalas are dingoes, eagles, owls, and pythons.
  • A baby koala is known as a “joey”.


Some Similarities

While each animal on the planet seems to have its own unique personality (at least that is what I believe), there are a number of similarities between certain animals, too. Sloths and koalas are two animals that share many similarities, some of which include the following:

  • Sloths and koalas are both mammals.
  • Sloths and koalas both live high up in trees in forests.
  • Sloths and koalas are both adept at climbing trees.
  • Sloths and koalas both eat a lot of leaves.
  • Sloths and koalas both have their main predators.
  • Sloths and koalas are both much safer when they are in their habitats, high up in the trees, rather than being on the ground.
  • Sloths and koalas both face the possibility of being attacked by dogs and hit by vehicles while they are on the ground.
  • Sloths and koalas (and all wild animals) should not be considered for pet ownership.
  • Sloths and koalas are both able to swim (although koalas cannot get out of the water on their own).
  • Sloths and koalas are known by many people as animals that sleep a lot (if I ate mostly leaves, I probably wouldn’t have much energy to do much more than sleep!). For more information about how much sleep sloths get, check out my article titled, “Sloth Sleeping Habits – How Much Is Enough For Them?”. (Some of the information in this particular article may surprise some people).
  • Sloths and koalas both face threats to their survival as a result of losing their habitat.
  • According to International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), one sloth species is listed as vulnerable and another one is listed as critically endangered. Koalas are also listed as vulnerable by International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) .
  • Sloths and koalas are both super cute! For more information about my list of the cutest animals, check out my article titled, “What Are The Cutest Animals? There Are So Many!“.


What Is So Special About This Day In May?

Every year, on the third Friday in May, a special day (Endangered Species Day) occurs. In 2021, May 21st is Endangered Species Day. But what is this day about?

In 2006, some wonderful political foresight happened with the presentation of S. RES. 431, details of which can be found here: An overview is provided on that website, which reads as follows: “S.Res 431 (109th): A resolution designating May 11, 2006, as “Endangered Species Day”, and encouraging the people of the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and the opportunity to promote species conservation worldwide.”

Sloths and koalas (and so many other animals) are facing serious threats to their survival. So, seeing the introduction and continuation of Endangered Species Day gives me a little more hope for all the wonderful animals that we are blessed to share this planet with.


Two Wonderful Animals

Sloth vs koala – two wonderful animals that are so similar in so many ways. In this article, I discussed this topic by describing sloths in a bit of detail, describing koalas in a bit of detail, discussing some of the similarities between sloths and koalas, and talking about Endangered Species Day.

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  • In my opinion, sloths and koalas have one thing in common, they are adorable! I had no idea that sloths can swim! This is amazing! And Joey for a baby Koala is something! I wonder how come the Koala cannot get out of the water on its own but hey at least it can swim! Thanks for sharing their similarities! 

    • Michael Christmann says:

      I totally agree with you that sloths and koalas are both adorable!

      Not only can sloths swim but they are also able to hold their breath for up to 40 minutes.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my article.

  • What a lovely article, I will definitely show it to my young son as we often joke about the Sloth in the movie Zootopia and it will be really nice for him to read some interesting facts not only about Sloths but also Koalas, which are a personal favourite of mine! 

    • Michael Christmann says:

      Ah, yes… Zootopia.  Such an enjoyable movie for so many youngsters (and for so many not-so-youngsters, too!).

      Like you, I am also a huge fan of koalas (how could I not be… look how cute they are).

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed my article and thank you for taking the time to leave your comments.

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