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Western Grey & White Kangaroos • Macropus fuliginosus
Bordertown Wildlife Park

The first white Western Grey Kangaroo, a buck, was introduced to the Wildlife Park in 1980 from ‘Warrokoo’, a property on the New South Wales border, adjoining Chowilla. The first white joey was born in 1984, followed by a second two years later.

In 1968 this land was selected by the Bordertown Chamber of Commerce to be developed as a Wildlife Park and stop-over point. The 4.5 hectares is now administered by a small band of volunteers and is being preserved as near as possible to its natural vegetation and habitat.

The kangaroos tend to live on the higher, drier ground at the eastern end of the park in winter and the cool shady areas in summer.
 

The dominance of the white gene has been clearly evident and by August 2000, 43 white kangaroos had been bred in the park. These ‘white roos’ are a dominant genetic strain of the Western Grey and ‘are not albino’, as thought by many first time visitors. With the success of the ongoing breeding program, a number have been sent to other parks and reserves around Australia.

The park is also home to some red kangaroo, red necked wallabies, dama wallabies, emus, stone curlews, black swans, teal, chestnut teal, wood ducks, black ducks and mountain ducks.

Visitors are able to drive or walk around the outside of the 4.5 hectare park, as all the inhabitants can be viewed through the fence, however there is currently no access into the park itself.

Did you known the Western Grey Kangaroo is also known as Macropus Fuliginosus. Check out our information on the ‘white kangaroos’ at Bordertown.

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Suborder: Macropodiformes
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Macropus
Species: M. fuliginosus
Binomial name: Macropus fuliginosus
Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus) • Images

Western Grey Kangaroo - Bordertown, SA
Images taken in Bordertown, SA, Australia

White Kangaroos - Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus Fuliginosus) © G Sully and C Leel, April, 2006

White Kangaroos - Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus Fuliginosus) © G Sully and C Leel, April, 2006

White Kangaroos - Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus Fuliginosus) © G Sully and C Leel, April, 2006

White Kangaroos - Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus Fuliginosus) © G Sully and C Leel, April, 2006

White Kangaroos - Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus Fuliginosus) © G Sully and C Leel, April, 2006

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