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MAMMALS - WESTERN GREY KANGAROO

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(Macropus fuliginosus)

The Western Grey Kangaroo can be distinguished from other species of kangaroos by its very different appearance. They have a soft, charcoal-brown coloured fur with lighter fur on the throat, chest and abdomen. The muzzle is covered in fine hair, much finer than those of the other two large kangaroo species.

When standing tall on their toes males can reach over 7.5' in body length from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail; females can be over 5.5' in total length. Western Grey kangaroos have a very close social bond, and retain family connections for years.

Habitat

Western grey kangaroos are native to the southern and western coastal areas of Australia.There are two distinct groups of western grey kangaroos, one in Western Australia and one in Southern Australia. The western group is slender and greyish-brown in colour, and the southern group is stockier and brown in colour with bluish-grey underparts.

Diet

They prefer to eat leaves and tree bark over grass, if available.

Breeding

Kangaroos breed all year round. The females have the unique ability to delay birth of their baby until their previous Joey has left the pouch. This is called embryonic diapause. The gestation period is around 33 days. The young Joey will permanently leave the pouch at around 235 days old, but will continue to suckle until it reaches 12 months of age.

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