STEWIE KOALA – Counting, Clapping & Dancing!
In this catchy country-style song Stewie Koala teaches the children how to count gum leaves, clap in time with the music and he also shows everyone that he is a fantastic dancer, encouraging the audience to dance with him in the piano solo as well as sing along with his song in the chorus. And believe me, everyone sings in the chorus! They can’t resist!
Surfin’ STEWIE KOALA
This song features Stewie carving the waves up on his surfboard and showing everyone that he is “the one”, not only when it comes to surfing, but also when it comes to showing us how to protect ourselves from the Australian sun’s harmful rays. And when he’s just out there having a swim, he knows where to go so he is as safe as possible and he teaches the children to follow his lead and always swim between the flags.
Koalas are found in the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia. They have grey fur with a cream-coloured chest, and strong, clawed feet, perfect for living in the branches of trees!
Cuddly critters, koalas measure about 60cm to 85cm long, and weigh about 14kg.
Although you may have heard people call them koala ‘bears’, these awesome animals aren’t bears at all – they are in fact marsupials. A group of mammals, most marsupials have pouches where their newborns develop.
When an infant koala – called a joey – is born, it immediately climbs up to its mother’s pouch. Blind and earless, a joey uses its strong sense of touch and smell, as well as natural instinct, to find its way.
A joey grows and develops in the pouch for about six months. Once strong enough, the youngster rides around on its mother’s back for a further six months, only using the pouch to feed.
Koala’s grow up to become big eaters, shifting up to one kilogram of eucalyptus leaves in a day! They are fussy too, and will select the most nutritious and tastiest leaves from the trees where they live.
These magnificent mammals get their name form an Aboriginal term meaning, ‘no drink‘. It’s believed this is because koalas get almost all their moisture from the leaves they eat, and rarely drink water.
But check this out – eucalyptus leaves are super tough and poisonous! Luckily for koalas, they have a long digestive organ called a cecum which allows them to break down the leaves unharmed.
This is a Koala in the wild…
And this is Stewie the Koala from the Magical Mountains!