Kangaroo / Macropus fuliginosus

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Male Western grey Kangaroos are known as ‘stinkers’ due to their strong curry-like smell!

Kangaroos can hop at speeds of up to 65 kilometres per hour

To stay cool they lick their forearms which contain a high percentage of capillaries

Kangaroos are the largest marsupial mammals found only in Australia.

At DZG? we hold Western greys. They are muscular, greyish / reddish brown in colour with a muzzle covered in fine hair and live in groups of up to 15 individuals, known as mobs, controlled by a dominant female.

Males will fight for dominancy within the group to enable successful breeding rights; once the breeding season is over he will separate from the group.

Females give birth following a gestation period of 31 days. The baby, known as a joey, crawls up into the pouch – only females have pouches – where it attaches to the nipple to suckle for up to 150 days.

Mothers can have up to three babies; one in the pouch, one out, plus a retained foetus in the uterus. They are also able to provide two types of milk for newborns and for joeys in the pouch.

Western greys are the most vocal species of kangaroo and mothers communicate to their joeys via a series of clicks.

Kangaroos are herbivorous mostly feeding on grass but will browse upon certain native shrubs. They require very little water and can survive for months without drinking.

Kangaroos hop on their hind legs using the tail for steering and balancing. They have good eyesight but only respond to moving objects and excellent hearing being able to swivel their large ears in all directions to pick up sounds

Kangaroo numbers are increasing throughout Australia. They are now found in greater numbers than prior European settlement due to the provision of pasture and additional water points.