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Modern day kangaroos exhibit a hopping form of locomotion. Modern day kangaroos exhibit a hopping form of locomotion. Leo/Flickr

Giant kangaroos were more likely to walk than hop

Extinct giant kangaroos may have been built more for walking, rather than hopping like today’s kangaroos, especially when moving slowly. These sthenurine kangaroos existed until around 30,000 years ago…
Something hidden in manuscript – what could it be? Something hidden in manuscript – what could it be? Les Enluminures

That’s no kangaroo on the manuscript – so what is it?

The discovery of a Portuguese manuscript purporting to include an illustration of a kangaroo has been used to question which European power was first to “discover” Australia. The drawing is included in…
An average of three million kangaroos are killed per year for pet meat, meat for human consumption and hides. An average of three million kangaroos are killed per year for pet meat, meat for human consumption and hides. DarthShrine/Flickr

Australia’s commercial kangaroo industry: hopping to nowhere

Australia’s commercial kangaroo industry is the world’s largest consumptive mammalian wildlife industry. Calculated on a ten-year period, an average of three million adult kangaroos are killed each year…
Being vegetarian saves cows' lives, but threatens the future of other sentient creatures. Being vegetarian saves cows' lives, but threatens the future of other sentient creatures. nunro

Ordering the vegetarian meal? There’s more animal blood on your hands

The ethics of eating red meat have been grilled recently by critics who question its consequences for environmental health and animal welfare. But if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more…
Rain is encouraging kangaroos to breed, and making farmers nervous. Rain is encouraging kangaroos to breed, and making farmers nervous. Wombalano

It’s raining kangaroos: the ups and downs of kangaroo management

Spokespeople for the Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia and some other pastoralist organisations, are warning that in the current land of “flooding rain”, landholders will be overwhelmed by burgeoning…
Indigenous people traditionally eat kangaroo, but they’re worried about the scale of the hunting. Indigenous people traditionally eat kangaroo, but they’re worried about the scale of the hunting. AAP

Food fight – Aboriginal elders take on the kangaroo industry

Last month, an alliance of Aboriginal elders announced their intention to bring a constitutional law challenge against Australia’s kangaroo industry. The announcement follows efforts by the Federal Government…
Kangaroo populations are robust and abundant. Kangaroo populations are robust and abundant. Wombalano/Flickr

From pests to profits: making kangaroos valuable to farmers

The Scottish eat their deer and the South Africans their springbok. Australia’s national icon is gentle on the environment, doesn’t emit methane, is good to eat and could be a great source of income for…

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