The Kangaroo is an iconic animal of Australia
The photos in this post are of the Western Grey Kangaroo.
The Western Grey Kangaroo is more brown than the Eastern Grey Kangaroo which as the name suggests is grey. These kangaroo are large with paler undersides.
Their habitat range matches their name.
This species rest in the shade during the day. They eat grasses and graze from early evening through to morning hence we see them mostly at dusk each day.
This species of Kangaroo have exceptionally strong hind legs and move by a unique hopping style. Their long strong tails are essential for movement.
They live in groups and the dominant male is called a Buck whilst Juveniles are called Joeys!
The females give birth to an embryo which looks like a red jellybean. This is the same for other marsupials. The embryo travels through the mother’s fur to the pouch where it latches onto a teat. The embryo develops into a Joey and lives in the pouch for 11 months.
Even though the Joey is then too big for the pouch it will continue to suckle for another 9 months.
Kangaroo’s survive and thrive because they exhibit a number of fertility adaptations for living in a harsh environment (e.g. drought and predators) in order to maximize reproductive success. These adaptations include the ability to develop another embryo in their reproductive system while there is a Joey in the pouch; and suspend the development or birth of the embryo until living conditions are better.
I hope you enjoyed this article and couple of photos on our Iconic “Western Grey Kangaroo”