Western Grey Kangaroo
They eat grass, shoots and bark
The Western Grey Kangaroo is very common in much of Australia: its population is estimated at over 3 million individuals. It is not endangered, resembling the Giant Kangaroo: it is about 90 to 140 cm tall, with a long powerful tail. The male weighs about 50 kg, twice as much as the female. Its coat is light grey to chocolate brown.
Western Grey Kangaroos are nocturnal, living in groups of 15 individuals led by a dominant male. There is no particular breeding season. After a gestation period of 30 days, the female gives birth to a still incompletely formed baby which finishes growing in the marsupial pouch of its mother for a period of three to five months.
They are herbivores that feed on grass, shoots and bark; living in semi-arid savannah regions, Western Grey Kangaroos can live on very little water. Their predators are dingoes (wild dogs), snakes and in fact man, even though the species is protected.
A less threatened species
- Name: Western Grey Kangaroo
- Latin name: Macropus fuliginosus
- Origin: Southern Australia
- IUCN status: Least concerned
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