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Western Grey Kangaroo

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Continent: Australia
Habitat: Woodland, heathland, grassland.
Weight and Length: 26kg, 1.5m

Diet: Herbivore
Gestation: 30 days
Number of Young: 1

Conservation Status: LC


  • Spends between 6 and 10 hours grazing every day.
  • The adult male smells like curry!
  • Prefer to be active at dusk and dawn.

Western Grey Kangaroo

Macropus fuliginosus

Animals —  Mammals — Diprotodontia (koalas and related marsupials) — Macropodidae (kangaroo family)

Western grey kangaroos are one of the largest of the kangaroo family, though they are a lot smaller than red kangaroos. Their fur ranges from a light brown to grey colour, though their undersides are paler, and females can be half the size of males.

These kangaroos are highly social, and normally live in groups of up to 15. These groups are mixed gender, but usually the dominant male is the only male allowed to mate. In the breeding season, males will have “boxing” contests to win the right to breed. Females will give birth to small fetuses that must stay in the pouch permanently for 130-150 days.

These kangaroos are classified as “least concern” as they have high numbers and a wide range. They have no major threats, with their numbers even increasing in the wild recently. They may legally be shot commercially or to prevent damage to crops.

Habitat: Woodlands, open forests, coastal heathland and grasslands. They can even sometimes be seen on golf courses.

Vital Statistics:
–Average weight: 26kg
–Average length: 1.5m

Life Expectancy:
In the wild up to: 10 years
In captivity up to: 20 years

Diet: They are herbivores and so eat plants. They mostly graze on grass, but may also eat leaves, shoots and bark.

Distribution: Southern Australia, west to the central portion.

Safari Zoo controls the studbook of Europe for this species.