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2010-12-10 10:25:48

Contrary to the recently established theory that marsupials have excellent color vision, research has shown that the wallaby is a rare exception. The research team, led by Dr Jan Hemmi from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science and The Australian National University, has shown that Tammar wallabies are much weaker in discriminating different colors because they are missing one type of visual pigment cell. "Dr Ebeling has demonstrated that wallabies do not have the complete set of...

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2010-04-13 09:31:11

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. The area, known as the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, would be managed by its traditional owners for conservation, said the leaders of the region. Environment Minister Peter Garrett said the wallaby, or "warru", would be well protected. "The ranges in the north provide a safe haven for one of the few remaining colonies of...

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2009-12-23 06:05:00

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. Queensland sheep farmer Stephen Tully told BBC that thousands of kangaroos are running rampant among his fields. The rains have brought the brown fields back to life and the lush grasses have lured the marsupials into the new fertile region. The grasses...

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2009-10-04 08:23:11

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, according to an AFP report. The local council said it authorized the 140 eastern grey kangaroos to be shot on the mountain for the first time this year. The cull, carried out under license from the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, has at least halved the areas kangaroo population, according to the NSW Government...

2009-08-12 14:48:23

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. I appreciate people looking for her and...

2009-05-11 15:02:22

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. To be honest, if I had 100 I could easily get rid of them, said Lay, who has been...

2009-03-09 13:17:51

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. Sunday and landed on the bed she shares with her husband, Beat Ettlin, at their Garran, Australia, home, CNN reported Monday. She said the home is on the border of a kangaroo reserve. At first, he (Ettlin) thought it was a lunatic ninja, Beman said. It leaped...

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2009-03-03 12:54:12

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, Reuters reported. Environmentalists hope conservation of the remote eastern Huon Peninsula will also lock away 13 million tons of carbon "” possibly even tradeable carbon offsets to help fund local communities. Lisa Dabek of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, who runs the zoo's tree...

2008-11-19 11:27:30

Two Wisconsin residents said their apparently cursed Florida vacation included having to seek countless permits to travel with their pet kangaroo. Larry and Diana Moyer of Beaver Dam, Wis., said for each state they traveled through with a kangaroo and goat, they had to receive permits as well as find alternative housing for the animals when their vacation went south, The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune said Wednesday. The animals were part of Ricky's White Tails and Exotics farm and the couple decided...

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2008-11-18 10:56:25

Australian researchers said Tuesday that kangaroo's are genetically similar to humans and may have first evolved in China. They said they had for the first time mapped the genetic code of Kangaroos and found it similar to the genome for humans.  "There are a few differences, we have a few more of this, a few less of that, but they are the same genes and a lot of them are in the same order," Center of Excellence for Kangaroo Genomics Director Jenny Graves told reporters in Melbourne. "We...


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Black Striped Wallaby, Macropus dorsalis
2013-09-05 11:20:19

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...

Agile Wallaby, Macropus agilis
2013-09-05 11:16:25

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...

Eastern Hare Wallaby, Lagorchestes leporides
2013-09-02 10:14:59

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...

Rufous Hare Wallaby, Lagorchestes hirsutus
2013-09-02 10:08:22

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...

Tammar Wallaby, Macropus eugenii
2013-08-21 14:39:46

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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