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CALENDAR: Zoo Animals – Front page

Koala – happily sleeping in its Eucalyptus tree…
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus wikipedia ). Picture made in Planckendael zoo, Mechelen, Belgium

Planckendael zoo collection


The Koala Bear is on the IUNCR red list of endangered species (Status: Least Concern ).

Why is the koala endangered? (source
Koalas live only in eucalyptus forests and are completely dependent on these forests for their survival, both as a habitat and as their primary food supply. Human activities such as farming, logging, and urban development endanger the koala by destroying eucalyptus forests.

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and Tamron 70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/90 sec, f. 4.5 mm , focal length 220 mm , ISO 400
Date: June 20, 2009
TAGS:steppeland, animals mammals wildlife, koala, australia, brown, planckendael zoo, belgium, sleeping, soft

Challenge winner
in Made by nature – Australian and south pacific animals (May 26, 2010)

Features and top10 placements
Featured in the Image Writing group (Sept. 8, 2009)
Top10 placement in Good news group – Resting animals (Oct. 2009)
Top10 placement in Catching some zzzzzs – Good News group (Sept. 14, 2010)
Featured in Alphabet soup (Sept. 18, 2010)
Top 10 placement in Letter K – Alphabet soup (Sept. 26, 2010)
Top10 placement in Nature by alphabet – K -Made by nature (Oct 9, 2010)
Top10 placement in Letter K – Cee’ s fun artsy friends (oct 26, 2010)
Featured in Animal Photography (Feb.5,2010)
Top10 placement in Up a tree – This, that and the other thing (March 20, 2011)
Featured in Artist’s Universe (Dec. 31, 2011)
Featured in Beautiful (Dec. 31, 2011)
Featured in Deviants-Redbubblers (Jan. 4, 2011)
Featured in Amazing Wildlife (Jan. 12, 2012)
Featured in images of endearment (Jan. 22, 2012)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups

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Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 5 years ago

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, so sweet.

  • Thank you so much, Joy! :)

    – steppeland

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonover 5 years ago

    Both of these are absolutely wonderful….such precious creatures!

  • Yes, aren’t they! Thank you so much for your visit, comment and fav, Karen. Much appreciated!

    – steppeland

  • Crowmanic
    Crowmanicover 5 years ago


  • Wow, that’s fantastic! Thank you so much, Crowmanic!

    – steppeland

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    AWWWW!!!! How DARLING is this little guy!!!!! Precious, precious little thing!!! And your image is just perfection … wonderful soft colors to match the sweet mood!!!! Beautifully done and a fave for sure!!!

  • Aww, Thanks Lois for sch a wonderful comment, and thanks for the fav too! Happy you like it so much!

    – steppeland

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1over 5 years ago

    Wonderful captue.
    Congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you so much for your visit and kind compliment, Brandie! :)

    – steppeland

  • adgray
    adgrayover 5 years ago

    This is a gorgeous piece – soft in texture lighting & subject!
    Bravo! Instant Fave! ♥

    When I was a girl one of Melbourne’s children’s programs was “Play Room” and in it was a character called “Bill the koala” and he had a song
    ♪ “Bill’s asleep Bill’s asleep La lala la lala Bill’s asleep!” ♫
    This reminds me of Bill! =0þ
    I have only ever met one other person that remembers that show!

    Chookas! ♥

  • Thank you so much, adgray! And aww, isn’t that a darling story – In my mind, I’ll name this little guy Bill too – thinks it’s a great name for this little sleepyhead [giggle]

    – steppeland

  • gottheshot
    gottheshotover 5 years ago

    Wonderful clarity, excellent composition, lovely uncluttered background.
    A smile factor photo with his little eyes closed having a rest :o)

  • Aww, thank you so much, Paul… Wish he had opened his eyes for a moment too, to give me a shot of his full face… but he didn’t – felt too sleepy, I guess LOL

    – steppeland

  • Jenni Atkins-Stair
    Jenni Atkins-S...over 5 years ago

  • Aww, I must have missed this message all together… DOH!! – Belated thanks anyway, Jenny … I always appreciate! Thanks to the groups and the challenges, our work receives more exposure, and it’s a great stimulation to me !

    – steppeland

  • portparadise
    portparadisealmost 5 years ago

    This is just so beautiful. What a shot!

  • Aww, thank you so much!

    – steppeland

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