Australian kangaroos are marsupials that carry their young, which are known as joeys, in the comfort and security of a pouch. Kangaroos, together with wallabies and wallaroos, are members of a family of marsupials that are known as macropods, and although 73 species of macropods call Australia home, only four are kangaroos, with three of these species featured here.
The photos you’ll see in this image gallery show young Western Grey Kangaroos, Macropus fuliginosus, boxing in the outback, and a pair posing for the camera among coastal vegetation in South Australia.
There are images of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Macropus giganteus, too. These include pictures of a female kangaroo with her large joey beside her open pouch, a tiny hairless joey peering out of its pouch, and a female with a bird perched on her ear. Other photos of this common species show a female with her large joey, a muscular male, a female with a joey in the pouch with both mother and baby drinking from and reflected in the water of a coastal stream. And there’s a stunning portrait of the beautiful face of an Eastern Grey Kangaroo.
Red Kangaroos, Macropus / Osphranter rufus, are animals of the outback, and the photos of this species, in which males have red fur and females are grey, show a large mob of kangaroos drinking at and reflected in the water of an outback waterhole during a drought in western Queensland. There are also images of a muscular male, a pair of roos drinking at an outback stream, and a kangaroo airborne as he leaps across the barren plains. The most distressing photo is that of the mummified carcass of a Red Kangaroo that had died of thirst, a victim of drought in outback South Australia.
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