Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Check out Australia Zoo’s Eastern Grey Kangaroo!

Be sure to feed and pat one of our adorable Aussie icons, the eastern grey kangaroo!  These beauties love receiving pats, food and taking photos with all of our Australia Zoo visitors.  You can catch them every day roaming through our very own ‘Roo Heaven’.

 

Eastern Grey Kangaroo crouched with Joey in her pouch.

 

Eastern grey kangaroos are an Australian marsupial.  This means they have a pouch and give birth to underdeveloped young!  A baby kangaroo is called a joey, and believe it or not, they are born blind and hairless, resembling a pink jelly bean and weighing in at only one gram.

 

Eastern Grey Kangaroo smelling the grass with Joey under her looking.

 

The joey will grow and develop in the safety of mum’s pouch until approximately nine months of age.  They are not completely independent until 18 months old!  The eastern grey kangaroo is found over most of the eastern states of Australia, including Tasmania.  They have adapted to live at all altitudes, including open plains and woodlands, up to subalpine areas.

 

Eastern Grey Kangaroo standing with head of Joey in pouch barely showing.

 

Did you know a group of kangaroos is called a mob?  Kangaroo mobs are most frequently spotted grazing on grass and shrubs during the early hours of the morning and late afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day.  Kangaroos are part of the macropod family.  Their hind legs are larger than their forelimbs and they have an impressive muscular tail to assist with balance – almost like a fifth limb – Crikey, that’s cool!

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Mammalia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Macropus

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    giganteus

  • height of animal icon
    Height

    0.8 - 1.3 metres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    41 kilograms

  • Diet

    Herbivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Gestation

    Approx. 37 days