This critter was in a captive enclosure that i was invited to enter. Note that the animals here can only co-mingle with humans if they are unsuitable (usually by dent of disability) to be released into the wild. The Irwin facility has an extraordinary animal care ethic and state of the art vet hospital.
San Diego Zoo
05/13/2009, 1:09 PM
Canon EOS D60, 1/30, f/8, 300mm (70-300), ISO 100
These are 'wild' - released onto a small part of the island and left pretty much to their own devices.
Red Kangaroos can be found almost anywhere on the continent of Australia. They prefer semi-arid plains, scrublands, grasslands, sparse woodlands and open forests. They are the largest living marsupials. They range anywhere from 3 to 5.5 feet tall and anywhere from 40 to 200 pounds. In the wild, they eat primarily grasses, herbs and leaves. Red Kangaroos are most active during the early mornings and evenings. They live in mobs with anywhere from 2-10 individuals. These mobs are semi-nomadic and will stay where they are able to graze. They obviously tend to travel long distances during droughts or famine. Red Kangaroos have few natural predators because of their size. They are hunted by people for skins and are preyed on by dingoes. Sometimes their young, Joeys, are taken by raptors.
Young-at-foot and adults eating leaves by the picnic lawn. Saw a couple of adults within the actual reserve as well, but they were skittish and in deep shade and very hard to photograph.
The Diprotodontia (/daɪˌproʊtɵˈdɒnʃ(i)ə/; Greek: διπρωτός diprotos, meaning "two front" and οδοντος odontos meaning "teeth") are a large order of about 120 marsupial mammals including the kangaroos, wallabies, possums, koala, wombats, and many others. Extinct diprotodonts include the rhinoceros-sized Diprotodon, and Thylacoleo, the so-called "marsupial lion".