- Eastern Grey Kangaroo
name = Eastern Grey KangarooMSW3 Groves|pages=64]
status = LC
status_system = iucn3.1
status_ref = IUCN2006|assessors=Australasian Marsupial & Monotreme Specialist Group|year=1996|id=41513|title=Macropus giganteus|downloaded=10 May 2006]
phylum = Chordata
genus = "
species = "M. giganteus"
binomial = "Macropus giganteus"
binomial_authority = Shaw,
The Eastern Grey Kangaroo ("Macropus giganteus") is a
marsupialfound in southern and eastern Australia, with a population of several million. It is also known as the Great Grey Kangaroo and the Forester Kangaroo. Although a big Eastern Grey male typically weighs around 66 kg (145 lb.) and stands almost 2 m (6 ft.) tall, the scientific name, "Macropus giganteus" (gigantic large-foot), is misleading, as the Red Kangarooof the semi-arid inland is larger.
The Eastern Grey is easy to recognise: its soft grey coat is distinctive, and it is usually found in moister, more fertile areas than the Red. Indigenous Australian names include "iyirrbir" (
Uw Oykangandand Uw Olkola) and "kucha" ( Pakanh). [cite web | url = http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/2970/kangaroo.htm | title = Eastern grey kangaroo, "Macropus giganteus" | work = Oykangand and Olkola Dictionary | last = Hamilton | first = Philip | accessdate = 2007-02-03 ]
Although the Red is better known by reputation, the Eastern Grey is the species most commonly seen in the flesh: few Australians visit the arid interior of the continent, while many live in and around the major cities of the south and east coast, from where it is usually only a short drive to the remaining pockets of near-city bushland where roos can be found without much difficulty. It prefers open grassland with areas of bush for daytime shelter. Like all
kangaroos, it is mainly nocturnaland crepuscular, and is mostly seen early in the morning, or as the light starts to fade in the evening.
In more remote areas, the Eastern Grey occurs in great numbers, and if left unchecked reaches plague proportions. From time to time shooters are employed to reduce its numbers, almost always to the accompaniment of a public outcry. Given the very limited amount of fodder in dry years, however, the only other choice is starvation.
The Eastern Grey Kangaroo can travel very fast over land. The highest ever recorded speed of any kangaroo was Convert|64|km/h|mph|-1|abbr=off set by a large female Eastern Grey Kangaroo. [cite book | title = The Guiness Book of World Records | year = 2004 | pages = p.53]
It is often saidWho|date=September 2007 that kangaroo populations have increased significantly since the European colonisation of Australia because of the increased areas of grassland (as opposed to forest), the reduction in
Dingonumbers, and the availability of artificial watering holes. The current estimated population of the species numbers two million. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/673.shtml BBC - Science & Nature - Wildfacts - Eastern grey kangaroo ] ]
While the Eastern Grey remains common, there are vast areas of country from which it has been exterminated (in general, it avoids humans), and most of the more fertile districts now carry crops or exotic pasture grasses which kangaroos tend not to eat. (One of the easiest ways to find kangaroos is to look for patches of remnant native grassland.)
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