Eastern Grey Kangaroo

(Macropus giganteus)

Kangaroos are the largest animals in the Otways, but what makes them really stand out is the way they move – bouncing across the horizon on their strong back legs.

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These strong back legs and shorter forelimbs are a defining characteristic of kangaroos and wallabies and give this group of marsupials the name ‘macropod’ (meaning large foot).

The kangaroo you’ll see in the Otways is the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, which is slightly smaller than the 2-metre tall Red Kangaroos you see in the outback.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo live in mobs of up anywhere between 5 to 100 animals, which make them an impressive sight in open grasslands or a paddock at dawn or dusk.

Depending on the weather, they can spend the day sheltering in woodlands or make their way out in the cooler days and into the night to graze on grasses and herbs.

Males, females and their young, called joeys all live together, and you can often pick the powerful-looking dominant male who rules the mob.

Female kangaroos have a unique way of raising young and can have a joey at their feet, another in the pouch, and a third in a suspended pregnancy waiting for the right time to be born. It takes about 18 months for a joey to become fully independent of its mum.

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