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9 Eastern Grey Kangaroo at Suppressed

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Macropus giganteus at Suppressed - 26 Jul 2020
Macropus giganteus at Suppressed - 26 Jul 2020
Macropus giganteus at Suppressed - 26 Jul 2020
Macropus giganteus at Suppressed - 26 Jul 2020

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I saw 3 individuals in this group showing various levels of leucism

7 comments

   26 Jul 2020
Don - how common is whiteness in grey kangaroos?
   27 Jul 2020
Hi Michael. Uncommon to rare. Each one tends to be seen as unique by someone but at one stage when I was working in CR I knew of 5 or 6 in the ACT region. There have been persistent reports, for decades, of one in the Gundaroo region (which clearly could not be the same one to persist so long). One in MTA, another in Majura valley for a few years. One in Orroral was killed by a dingo a week after it was reported in the media. This is the first report I ever heard of >1 at one place. This is leucism, not albinism, but perhaps the population genetics of the albino Bennets Wallabies (aka RNW) on Bruny Island is similar. Normal and albino parents produce both normal and albino offspring. Under low predation the albinos have become relatively common on Bruny and are promoted in tourist literature. So, a Gundaroo tourism hub anyone? It being leucism, there should be some partly white individuals out there too. So, maybe just a matter of waiting for a spotted or striped one to lead the tourist boom?
Gunyijan wrote:
   27 Jul 2020
We had one on our property at Gundaroo for some time around 2008 and have seen others then and more recently along Shingle Hill way.
   27 Jul 2020
Thanks Don
roymcd wrote:
   27 Jul 2020
Great photo. A couple of years ago I caught some fleeting glances of a leucistic Eastern Grey on a couple of visits to Jerrabomberra Grasslands West, but it and its entire mob were very shy and I didn't manage a photo. It was definitely a leucistic Eastern Grey, rather than a Wallaroo.
HelenCross wrote:
   27 Jul 2020
Thanks Roy
HelenCross wrote:
   27 Jul 2020

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 3 Abundance
  • Mixed Gender
  • Mixed Gender
  • 26 Jul 2020 Recorded on
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