Grey Kangaroo mob - Namadgi National Park, ACT

Marty Samis

Joined September 2010

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Kangaroos live in “mobs” of about ten individuals, males and females. There is one dominant male, usually the oldest and biggest male. This male is the only one to mate with the females in the mob.

Eastern Greys can jump up to nine metres (29 feet) in one bound, and can reach speeds of nearly 50 km/h.

The word kangaroo derives from the Guugu Yimithirr word gangurru, referring to grey kangaroos. Several species of tree kangaroos and forest wallabies also live in Papua New Guinea.

On land kangaroos can’t move their hind legs independently, only together. But when they are swimming (they are good swimmers) they kick each leg independently.

Namadgi National Park is located in the southwestern part of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), bordering Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales. It lies approximately 40 km southwest of Canberra, and makes up approximately 46% of the ACT’s land area.

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