Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Macropus giganteus

Head and Body Length

Males app 120cm. - Females app 102cm

Tail Length

Males app 109cm.- Females app 84cm

Weight

Males up to 66kg.- Females up to 32kg.


They are found from inland plains to the coast as long as rainfall is above 250mm annually. Eastern greys are a grazing animal, feeding mainly on grasses and green herbage. The days are spent sleeping in a shady area and late afternoon moves out to graze till early morning.

Breeding takes place all year round, with a peak in the summer months. They will only produce one offspring a year, twins have been recorded but this is unusual.
The joey will continue to suckle its mother till it is app. 18 months old, at this stage she may have another joey in the pouch. They live in groups of 3-5 individuals, but will come together and form large feeding groups.

The Eastern Grey kangaroo is one of the largest kangaroos in Australia.

Kangaroos are protected throughout Australia, but licences to shoot excess kangaroos are given where they are deemed to cause damage to farmland. Also export of kangaroo products are granted under these licences.

Reference: The Australian Museum. 1996. "The Complete book of Australian Mammels."

 

Images by Susanne Ulyatt & Sharon McGrigor

 
 
 

©Wildlife Mountain 2000 - 2017

 

We would also like to acknowledge the amazing support and help we have had from the Lismore Vet Clinic who have been an invaluable support to both us and the native wildlife of this region.


All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.