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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...

2008-11-13 15:00:17

Searchers looking for a Canadian wallaby who escaped his pen near Ottawa last month were told Thursday the animal was found dead a mile away from its zoo home. Wendell, a 3-year-old Bennett's red-necked wallaby, was born at the facility, but escaped Oct. 28 when a storm blew down a section of fence. Gary Saunders, co-owner of Saunders Country Critters, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. a veterinarian would conduct an autopsy on the marsupial. He told the broadcaster the animal didn't...

2008-05-19 00:50:00

Despite the prevention of a cull of kangaroos six weeks ago by media attention and widespread protests, it inevitably (according to the RSPCA) began on Monday on Commonwealth Defense land. According to those who are carrying out the killings, they are necessary due to not only an overpopulation at the Belconnen Naval Transmission site near Canberra, but also to the possibility of the kangaroos starving this winter. More than four times the sustainable level of kangaroos live at the site...

2008-03-16 10:30:00

Scores of protesters assembled at the gate of a disused naval communications station in the Australian capital of Canberra Saturday to prevent the government from slaughtering 400 eastern gray kangaroos.The government claims the animals are to blame for destroying the grassy habitat of rare insects and lizards.The Australian Defense Department said it will not shoot the animals, citing public safety concerns, but will instead fire tranquilizer darts before administering lethal injections to...

2006-08-23 00:50:00

By James Grubel CANBERRA -- Kangaroos around Australia's national capital will soon be fed a contraceptive pill by authorities trying to control their booming population. The move has been welcomed by Canberra animal rights advocates, who said feeding contraceptives to kangaroos was better than culling the animals. "It's definitely a lot better than shooting kangaroos," Animal Liberation spokeswoman Simone Gray told Reuters on Wednesday. "In our nation's capital, it certainly isn't...

2006-07-12 02:15:00

SYDNEY -- Forget cute, cuddly marsupials. A team of Australian paleontologists say they have found the fossilized remains of a fanged killer kangaroo and what they describe as a "demon duck of doom." A University of New South Wales team said the fearsome fossils were among 20 previously unknown species uncovered at a site in northwest Queensland state. Professor Michael Archer said on Wednesday the remains of a meat-eating kangaroo with wolf-like fangs were found as well as a galloping...

2006-03-24 06:45:00

INNISFAIL, Australia -- Since Cyclone Larry hit early Monday, Joey the wallaby hasn't been seen. And the whereabouts of nearly 50 other kangaroos and related species at Margaret Tabone's crocodile farm are unknown. "We can't find them yet - hopefully they're going to be somewhere and hopefully they're going to be alive," Tabone said Thursday. Tabone, 64, reared the small kangaroo-like creature on her farm since Joey was just a hairless baby, after the wallaby's mother died. Even the...

Latest Macropods Reference Libraries

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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