Western Gray/Grey Kangaroo

Western Gray/Grey Kangaroo Macropus fuliginosus

Type of Animal:

Woodlands, forests, coastal heathland, grasslands, scrubland, scrub forest, golf courses, city/urban areas, agricultural areas, desert, xeric shrubland, plains, goldfields, bush, timber reserves, pastureland

Southern Australia

Grayish-brownish fur, paler throat/chest/belly, dark face (sometimes called Black-Faced Kangaroo), long thick tail, short forearms, small head, large ears, males larger/more muscular w/ heavier claws & thicker skin than females

Grasses, shrubs, leaves, forbs, tree bark, stems, wood, flowers, ferns, moss, insects, fruits, low trees, grass trees, lilies, chenopods, succulents, heath, lupin crops, poison bush, acacia seedlings

Status in Wild:

Breeding in farms, zoos & wildlife parks

Mobs consist of dominant male, 5-10 females & offspring, & often several subordinate males.

Additional Info:

Male: Boomer
Female: Flyer
Young: Joey
Group: Mob
Male: 121.5 lbs
Female: 63 lbs
Young: 4-8 lbs

1 month 

Life Span:
10 years in wild, 20 years in captivity

Male: 5.7-6 ft
Female: 4 ft

Body Length:
Male: 3.1-5 ft
Female: 2.2-3.3 ft

Tail Length:
Male: 1.39-3.28 ft
Female: 1.43-2.67 ft

Main predators are dingoes & dogs. Wedge-Tailed Eagles take females & joeys. Foxes only take joeys.
Sexually mature at 17-20 months.
Considered pests in some areas due to competition for water & pasture as well as feeding habits.
Sometimes farmed/hunted for meat & leather.
Males fight by boxing.
Joeys born at around 0.8 grams, growing in pouch until 9-10 months of age & nursing for up to 6 more months-female can breed again when joey leaves pouch. Joey stays w/ mom for 1.3-2 years & sometimes longer, especially females.
Tail used as balance in locomotion.
They spend between 6-10 hours grazing, typically at dawn & dusk.
Thicker belly skin on males helps absorb impact of kicks from rivals.
They pant, sweat, & lick forearms to cool down.

Fun Fact(s):
In colonial times, they were hunted in similar way to English foxhunts.
Microorganisms living in forestomach aid in digestion & detoxifying chemical plant defenses.
They have excellent hearing & can swivel ears in any direction to pick up sounds.
They communicate w/ each other through soft clicks.
They can reach 35 mph in short bursts.
Males sometimes called “stinkers” due to curry-like odor.

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