Western Grey Kangaroo

Western Grey KangarooScientific Name: Macropus fuliginosus
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Body Length: 94–222 cm
Weight: 30–53.5 kg
Gestation: 30 days
Number of young: 1

Distribution: Southern Australia
Habitat: Forests, grasslands

Description: Western Grey Kangaroos are distinguished from other kangaroos because they have a finely haired muzzle. They have light to dark-brown fur. Paws, feet and tail tips vary in colour from brown to black. The Western Grey Kangaroo’s tail is 42–100 cm long.

Diet: Kangaroos are herbivores and eat coarse grasses and some shrubs.

In the wild: Like other marsupials, newborn babies must climb up the mother’s body to the pouch soon after birth. This newborn baby is barely larger that a jellybean and is completely naked. Its eyes are closed and the struggle up to the pouch and to the mother’s teat is very exhausting. The joey starts to leave the pouch by 6–8 months, fully out by 11 months and independent by 12 months.

At Perth Zoo: There are a number of female Western Grey Kangaroos throughout the Australian Bushwalk. They move freely with Red Kangaroos and wallabies.

Did you know? Kangaroos communicate with each other through a series of soft clicks.

Download the Western Grey Kangaroo Fact Sheet (pdf).

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