EASTERN GREY KANGAROO

Macropus giganteus

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

Eastern grey kangaroos are the second largest kangaroo, behind the red kangaroo, commonly found throughout eastern Australia. Their hind legs are large and powerful; they can leap distances of up to 9 metres in a single bound! Kangaroos can use their muscular tail as a fifth limb when they are moving slowly as well as for balance when hopping. A male eastern grey can weigh between 60-70kg and stand almost 2 meters tall, whereas females weigh around 40kg.​​

Kangaroos are considered nocturnal or crepuscular (most active at dusk & dawn) as they rest for most of the day.

WHAT THEY EAT

These animals are grazers feasting primarily on grasses, shrubbery and stringy bark. Capable of consuming large portions a day, large mobs can shape the landscapes they inhabit.  

BREEDING

The eastern grey kangaroo breeds throughout the year with the females giving birth to one joey after a 36-day gestation period. The joey remains in the pouch until 9 months of age, then it will stay ‘at foot’ suckling for up to another 9 months until it’s completely independent. A female can have one joey in ‘gestation dormancy’ while she has one in the pouch and one at foot still suckling.