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"Roos of the South West"

Since living and working in the paradise of Coral Bay in Western Australia, I have been lucky enough to have spent the last few months exploring the stunning scenery that the South West corner of WA has to offer...

Trading in the white sands and pristine waters of Coral Bay for towering high Karri trees and lush green landscapes.

These two parts of WA couldn't be further from each other...but wow...both are equally as beautiful.

Apart from the dramatic change in landscape, something else becomes very much apparent when arriving in the South West region of WA. Lots of wineries? Well yes, that's definitely a bonus too but there're Kangaroos EVERYWHERE.

Being able to observe these marsupials on a daily basis has been an absolute treat

Not only has it been great to watch these animals in the wild daily, but it's also been really interesting to study their habits and behaviours too. Throughout the day they're very relaxed and use very little energy. This all changes close to sunset and the tensions being to develop, particularly between the males who are constantly fighting for dominance.

Check out the short video below!!

Did you know that Kangaroos are actually the biggest marsupial on earth? Growing up to 2 metres tall and weighing in at 90KG.

The largest being the Red Kangaroo! (see photo below). Reds, Eastern Grey, Western Grey and Antilopine are the four types of Roo found across Australia. A group of these marsupials is most commonly known as a 'Mob' but often described as a 'Troop' and a 'Court' at times, They can hop up to 25ft in one single leap and reach speeds of up to 70km/hr...that's faster than a racehorse!! The sound of them communicating is known as a 'Chortle'.

They also aren't able to hop backwards and for this reason are found on the Australian coat of arms as a symbol of national animal that can only move forwards.

Fortunately for the Kangaroo (unlike many other animals around the world today!!) their numbers in the wild remain strong. They have very few natural predators such as Dingoes, Wedge-tailed Eagles and of course humans. Before their extinction, the Tasmanian Tiger was one of their main threats. Kangaroo's main threat today is due to introduced animals such as wild dogs and foxes who mainly target the young and weak.


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