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Tasmanian Forester Kangaroo
Date Listed as Endangered: June 4, 1973
Macropus giganteus tasmaniensis or Tasmanian Forester Kangaroo came from
the family of Eastern gray kangaroo found in Tasmania. It is one of the
largest marsupials which measures over 198 cm (6.5 feet) in height and
its normal weight reaches to 59 kg (130 lbs).
Tasmanian forester kangaroos are powerful jumpers, they have long tails
which they often used to balance while standing. They have excellent
sense of sight, smell and hearing. They can even swivel their ears
around to focus on one direction.
Tasmanian forester kangaroos prefer grasslands and woodlands as their
habitat. They are herbivores and feed on leaves, shrubs, herbs and
grass. They are sociable animals and prefer to go with a group.
Since 1800, the population of Tasmanian forester kangaroo reduced by
about 90%. This reduction is caused by loss of habitat due to
agricultural expansion. Today, the species is protected by Australian
government law. Several programs to enable its population to grow has
been prepared and established.