Found mainly on the eastern coast of Australia, the koala is a a furry grey and white marsupial (not a bear!) which sleeps up to 20 hours per day due to their diet of eucalyptus leaves providing limited nutrition and energy.
Koala babies, like kangaroos, are called joeys. The koala gives birth and the baby is kept in the mother’s pouch for six months – you’ll then see them clinging to their mother’s back until they’re a year old.
Sadly, bush fires in recent years have decimated koala populations across Australia, and left their habitats destroyed. They are now considered a vulnerable species and one which we could lose if more isn’t done to protect them.
Koalas are a native Australian animal beloved the world over, which is especially true given the number of tattoos shared by artists on other continents. We’ve found the top 50 koala tattoos, however there’s probably dozens more out there – we’ll certainly be updating this post in the near future.
Australians will often tease tourists about catching Chlamydia if they hold a koala; there is truth to some koalas having the STD, although it cannot be transferred from koala to human. Just use this information as a reminder for you to be safe when getting tattooed by selecting a reputable artist as you’ll dramatically reduced your chance of contracting an infection.
While technically a marsupial, and not a bear, these tattoos certainly are unbearably cute! But, be warned – if you so much as even think about copying one of these tattoos a drop bearwill find you!
In addition to these tattoos, we thought we’d share a couple of our favourite koala videos on YouTube.