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Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Macropus giganteus

Conservation status: Not threatened or endangered.


When one asks one word to symbolize Australia, a kangaroo is usually what first comes to mind. Three species of kangaroos traverse the Australian plains; with the eastern grey kangaroo reaching heights of 1.3m. The eastern grey kangaroo is pale, with a silver grey coat and large often-white fringed ears. They are found in the southern states and at all altitudes in woodlands and subalpine areas.  Females are able to regulate their reproduction by suspending a joey embryo in the womb in times of drought, while another is maturing in the pouch. A joey becomes dependent at about 18 months. Their diet consists of shrubs and leaves and they are most active at dawn and dusk. The eastern grey kangaroo is protected from hunting by law.

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