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Mother kangaroos face higher health risks to carry and raise their young than their non-reproducing sisters.
To understand how methane is produced in livestock, an international team of scientists including researchers at Australiaâ€™s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the DOE Joint Genome Institute collaborated to sequence the microbial communities inside the Tammar wallaby, a plant-eating marsupial related to the familiar kangaroo whose digestive system has been compared to that of ruminants such as cows and sheep.
Contrary to the recently established theory that marsupials have excellent color vision, research has shown that the wallaby is a rare exception.
Australian Aborigines Tuesday declared a large area of land -- 2,240 square miles -- a conservation site to help protect the endangered black-footed rock wallaby.
A plague of kangaroos has caused thousands of dollars worth of damage after heavy rains swept through areas of Queensland forcing the marsupials to invade farmland that has been previously untouched by the majority of the kangaroo population.
Environmentalists and animals rights activists were furious Friday when a group of eastern grey kangaroos were culled on one of Australia's race car tracks due to safety risks.
An Indiana woman whose pet wallaby, a marsupial that resembles a small kangaroo, ran away nearly two months ago said the animal is finally back home. Carolyn Buck of Gaston said Sydney the wallaby escaped June 27 while a new fence was being installed and she received phone calls of sightings ranging from her neighborhood to Hartford City, Gas City and Pendleton, The (Muncie, Ind.) Star Press reported Wednesday. We've had a few funny reports, Buck said.
Wallaby breeders in Britain say demand is soaring as private land owners turn to the marsupials to keep their grass short. Trevor Lay, owner of Waveney Wildlife in Bungay, England, said he used to breed only 15 animals a year for zoos and animal parks but since private land owners began buying the animals about five years ago he has been breeding 35 each year, The Times of London reported Monday. It's crazy.
An Australian woman said her husband wrestled a 6-foot-tall kangaroo into a headlock and threw it out of the family home after it jumped in through a window. Verity Beman said the marsupial jumped through a window at about 2 a.m.
Conservationists said on Tuesday that Papua New Guinea has created its first conservation area to save an untouched rainforest larger than Singapore and to protect rare animals such as a bear-like tree kangaroo.
The black-striped wallaby (Macropus dorsalis), or the scrub wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in Australia. Its range extends from New South Wales, where it can be found west of the Great Dividing Range, to Townsville. It prefers a habitat within areas with thick shrub coverage, grasslands, or forested areas. The black-striped wallaby is similar in appearance to the red-necked wallaby, but it is redder in color and bears a white stripe on its hips. This species also bears a black...
The agile wallaby (Macropus agilis), or the sandy wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in New Guinea and northern Australia. It is the most common wallaby species in its Australian range, where it prefers to reside near streams or rivers in open grasslands, woodlands, and coastal areas. In New Guinea, it prefers to reside in lowland savannah habitats. It holds four recognized subspecies. The agile wallaby is light tan in color, with pale fur occurring on the underbelly. It is a social...
The eastern hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes leporides), historically named the common hare-wallaby, is an extinct marsupial that was once found in southeastern Australia. Its range included Victoria, New South Wales, and the area near the Murray Region in South Australia. It preferred to live in open areas like grassy plains. John Gould discovered this species in 1844, along with many other wallabies. The eastern hare-wallaby reached an average body length of 1.6 feet, with a tail length of up...
The rufous hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes hirsutus), or the mala, is a marsupial that can be found in Australia. Its range is now limited to western areas of Australia and the islands of Dorre and Bernier, although it once extended to the western part of the continent. John Gould first described it in 1844 in The Mammals of Australia. Its fur is reddish gray in color and it is the smallest species within its genus. It is most active at night and feeds on seeds, leaves, and herbs. The rufous...
The tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), also known as the darma wallaby or dama wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in western and southern areas of Australia. It has also been introduced into areas of Australia where it once lived and into New Zealand. It prefers a habitat within grassland areas. The tammar wallaby was first discovered in 1817 by a French naturalist named Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest. He found the wallaby on Ile Eugene, an island off the coast of Southern Australia, and...
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