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Dubbo Kangaroo. New South Wales, Australia
Dubbo Kangaroo. New South Wales, Australia
The Vines Kangaroos. Perth, Western Australia
The Vines Kangaroos. Perth, Western Australia
Adult Kangaroo in Halls Gap, Victoria. Australia
Adult Kangaroo in Halls Gap, Victoria. Australia
The Vines Kangaroos. Perth, Western Australia
The Vines Kangaroos. Perth, Western Australia
Kangaroo in Esperance, Western Australia
Kangaroo in Esperance, Western Australia
Batemans Bay. New South Wales, Australia
Batemans Bay. New South Wales, Australia
Kangaroos in Anglesea. Victoria, Australia
Kangaroos in Anglesea. Victoria, Australia
Kangaroo in Marrawah, Tasmania, Australia
Kangaroo in Marrawah, Tasmania, Australia

Australian Kangaroo

The Kangaroo – member of the Macropodoidea family or Macropod, the name meaning great footed, is one of several marsupials indigenous to Australia. There are several species in the Macropod family including Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wallaroos, Pademelons, Tree Kangaroos and Forest Wallabies ranging in size from 0.5 kilos to over 90 kilos for a big red.

Commonly known as Roos, these amazing marsupials have been portrayed in Books, Stories, Films, and of course, the hit TV series ‘Skippy the Bush Kangaroo’. But the Kangaroo is more than just a TV star, it is of significant importance to the Aboriginal People for meat, bone, hide and tendon and there are numerous ceremonies and dreamtime stories involving the Kangaroo.

It is an Icon, part of the heritage of this great land and the National Emblem of Australia. Our Rugby League team are known as the Kangaroos, our Rugby Union team are known as the Wallabies and even Australia’s main airline, Qantas, use it as their corporate logo.

Travel anywhere through the Australian outback and you will find evidence of the Kangaroo. Even in the suburbs of some of our major cities, Kangaroos roam across parkland and frequent a number of golf courses, either to the delight of the visitors or the dismay of the golfers. Try teeing off with a 6 foot big red watching your every move.

Probably the most controversial image of this amazing creature is the Boxing Kangaroo. Although this image has developed from the animals unique playful games and mating confrontations, the stance and use of the short front legs as sparring or grappling limbs gives the illusion that the animals are actually boxing.

This image has emerged as the epitome of the fighting spirit of the Australian digger and has been heralded as the national sporting emblem of the country. And even though as recently as the winter Olympics of 2010, the Olympic committee tried to ban the flags bearing this battling marsupial, the Aussie public and Athletes stood defiant and the Boxing Kangaroo remained as a reminder of the dogged determination of the Australian people.

Patting Kangaroos on Esperance Beach in Western Australia
Patting Kangaroos on Esperance Beach in Western Australia
Kangaroos in Yanchep National Park. Perth, Western Australia
Kangaroos in Yanchep National Park. Perth, Western Australia