Anglesea Golf Club's Kangaroos

Fast Facts
Type Marsupial Mammal
Diet Herbivore
Average Life Span 8 - 10 years
Size Up to 2 m tall
Weight Up to 40 kg (females) and 90 kg (males)

 

Kangaroos are the largest marsupials mammals.  They belong to the Macropodidae family. The kangaroos at Anglesea are the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Macropus giganteus, meaning “huge big-foot”.

A male kangaroo is called a buck, a female kangaroo is called a doe and a baby kangaroo is called a joey. Kangaroos are social animals that live in groups or "mobs" of at least two or three and up to 100 individuals.
 
Like many species, male kangaroos sometimes fight over potential mates.  They often lean back on their sturdy tail and "box" each other with their strong hind legs.  Kangaroos can also bite and wield sharp claws.
 
Grey kangaroos usually have one young annually.  The joey remains in the pouch for ten months and continues to suckle from outside the pouch until 12 to 18 months of age.

Grey kangaroos are usually active from late afternoon until early morning, resting in the shade of trees and shrubs during the day. They are grazing animals, which eat grass and the young shoots and leaves of heath plants and grass trees around Anglesea.

Grey kangaroos hop along on their powerful hind legs and do so at great speed.  A grey kangaroo can reach speeds of over 60 kmh and travel long distances at 25 kmh.  Their bounding gate allows them to cover 8 metres in a single leap and jump 2 metres high.
 
All kangaroos have good eyesight but only respond to moving objects.  They have excellent hearing and can swivel their large ears in all directions to pick up sounds.

Many of the kangaroos on the golf course have ear tags and/or collars with names. Zoologists from the University of Melbourne have been conducting various studies of our kangaroos since 2005, ranging from population surveys, movements, birth control and parasites. These tags and collars help the researchers and Anglesea residents identify their study animals and record their activities. 

You can also email Melbourne University  kangaroos-contact@unimelb.edu.au

For further information on any of the Melbourne Uni studies please click on the links below:

2013 Kangaroo Name Listing

Dealing with Injured Kangaroos

Kangaroo Capture

Kangaroo Incident Report Form

Roos in the News

Kangaroos & the Effects of Sedation

Living with Kangaroos 

Citizen Science

Tagged Kangaroo Study 

Kangaroo Research in Anglesea

Angleseas Urban Kangaroos