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Western grey kangaroo

Macropus fuliginosus

Male Western grey kangaroo at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Mammals
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae

The western grey kangaroo is a marsupial that inhabits woodlands, open forests and grassland areas across the southern region of Australia.

Kangaroos are herbivores. They enjoy eating leaves, grasses, shrubs and tree bark.

Interesting facts!

  • Western grey kangaroos sleep for much of the day and feed during dusk and dawn.
  • A kangaroo can swivel their ears in any direction in response to sounds. They have strong eyesight, but only for moving objects!
  • Despite their considerable size, gestation for female kangaroos only lasts for 30 days. The tiny joey will then climb up into its mother’s pouch to further develop and be nursed for up to nine months.


Western grey kangaroos are still very common throughout the majority of their natural range. Increased spread of agriculture and hunting threatens the species, but they are currently of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.