Antilopine Kangaroo, Macropus antilopinus

The antilopine kangaroo (Macropus antilopinus), also known as the antilopine wallaby or the antilopine wallaroo, is a member of the Macropodidae family that can be found in northern Australia. Its range includes the Kimberly Region, the Top End in the Northern Territory, and the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. It received its common name, antilopine, from its resemblance to an antelope.

The antilopine kangaroo is one of the largest members of its family, third in size to the red kangaroo and the eastern grey kangaroo. This species is one of a few macropods that show a sexual dimorphism. Males are mainly red in color, while females are typically grey. The antilopine kangaroo is social and gathers in groups of up to thirty individuals.

The population numbers of the antilopine kangaroo are slightly fragmented and slowly declining, especially in localized areas. Despite this, no major threats have been found. It is thought to fall under some threat by increased human activity, random wildfires, and hunting, but these have not been found to be the cause of decline. It does occur in protected areas, and around fifty sites have been studied. In these areas, experts have recorded important information about the antilopine kangaroo including its habits and numbers. It has been found that a monitoring program is needed to conserve this species. The antilopine kangaroo appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Antilopine Wallaroo, Macropus antilopinus. Credit: Greg Schechter/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)