MatePedia – Kangaroos!

Let’s talk about kangaroos … yeah … let’s talk about kangaroos … Why nobody dares to tell the truth about kangaroos? We Traveling Mates are not afraid to tell you the truth about this animals. So introducing the “Things that are sure to interest everyone” section and within the chapter “Flora and fauna for newbies”, we present a short review about one of the most symbolic animals of Australia: the koala! Sorry … this time, the kangaroo!

First things first! The term ‘Kangaroo’ is the common name used to designate the larger species of the subfamily Macropodinae, as the term ‘Walabi’ is used to describe the smaller. It is also sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to almost all members of the macropods family. However, the term doesn’t respond to a scientific classification, so species belonging to the same genus (group of closely related species) may be called kangaroo, walabi or walaroo, only depending on their size.

Now, one of the kangaroos who inhabit Aussie-lands is the Eastern Grey Kangaroo. It is in him that we will do focus, as it’s the one that we had the privilege of spotting soon after arriving in Melbourne, more specifically in the suburb of South Morang.

It is the least known but the most extended over the territory because of its adaptability. As the name implies, and as shown in the pic on the right (Wikipedia), moves throughout the eastern region of Australia.

For those who wish to know more, here are some interesting facts about the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, some of which are common to their brothers Red Kangaroos and Western Grey Kangaroos:

Features

They have a life expectancy of 18 years. Males are significantly larger than females and the can reach up to 2,300 metres (!) Females can reach up to 1,8 m. This without counting their strong tail that can measure up to 1 meter.

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Like most marsupials, female kangaroos have a pouch called a marsupium in which joeys complete postnatal development.

Diet and Behaviour

Kangaroos feed on grasses and weeds. During the day usually they rest in the shade or shelter of trees and shrubs, moving to feed from the evening until early morning. They move in herds and form groups in open enrolment.

The groups consist of 2-3 females and their offspring with the same number of males, in which one is the dominant. There is a hierarchy between them and the dominant individuals access to better sources of food and shaded areas. However, kangaroos are not territorial and usually fight only when the females are in heat.

Sexual behaviour

To demonstrate their interest in amatory matters, the male flirts with the female for days, and deploys various devices to get the complicity of the lady and meet the goal of perpetuating the species. At the time of courtship several suitors for the same female may appear, which sometimes gives rise to strong fights between males.

Predators

Kangaroos have few natural predators. Who may have been his greatest predator, the Tasmanian tiger, is already extinct.
Other predators as the marsupial lion, the wonanbi and the Megalania are also extinct. Species introduced by man, as the dingo, the fox and the domestic dog have represented a threat to the kangaroo, along with the man himself, who for thousands of years has been using its food and skin. Today you can see kangaroos meat displayed on supermarket shelves.

Locomotion

Kangaroos are the only large animals that move jumping. They can run very fast and there are records of speeds of 55 km / h.

That’s enough facts for today. Hope you enjoyed it. Greetings and good routes!

Source: our findings with help Wikipedia and “The mammals of Australia”, Australian Museum, Reed Books, Edited by Ronald Strahan, 1995. Photos taken in May 2016 in South Morang, Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne, Australia – 26.06.16

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