Canberra is a unique city in having abundant populations of kangaroos living in many urban areas including 34 nature reserves. Canberrans treasure their iconic marsupial, the eastern grey kangaroo, but they are also well aware of the impacts that kangaroos can have – environmental, social and economic. The policies required to balance competing requirements throughout the ACT are fully explained in the ACT kangaroo management plan.
The ACT Government is committed to evidence-based kangaroo management and is a leader in eastern grey kangaroo research through its own work and through partnerships with other organisations. The research, which informs decisions about kangaroo management, is described here.
2017 conservation cull of Eastern Grey Kangaroos
The 2017 conservation cull has been completed. For further information please see the media release.
2017 Eastern Grey Kangaroo: Controlled Native Species Management Plan
The Eastern Grey Kangaroo is an important—and iconic—part of Canberra’s grassland and woodland environment. There are populations at most nature parks in the ACT.
Following the declaration of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo as a controlled native species, the Conservator for Flora and Fauna has prepared a controlled native species management plan for the Eastern Grey Kangaroo.
The plan updates the research and some policies in the 2010 Kangaroo Management Plan. It does not propose major changes to the management of kangaroos in the ACT. Unlike the 2010 plan, which covered all four macropod species found in the ACT and Googong, the plan deals specifically with Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the ACT, so will not completely replace the 2010 Kangaroo Management Plan. The Eastern Grey Kangaroo: Controlled Native Species Management Plan is a statutory plan under the Nature Conservation Act 2014.
Other topics of interest
- Living with kangaroos
- Myths and realities
- ACT conservation research - the effects of kangaroo grazing and biodiversity
- Pictorial guide to kangaroo population in conservation reserves
- Calculation of the number of kangaroos to cull
- National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Non-commercial Purposes
- Opinion poll of ACT residents on kangaroos and kangaroo management
- Animal welfare and procedure compliance for non-commercial kangaroo shooting 2015
- ACT Government response to animal welfare and procedure compliance for non-commercial kangaroo shooting 2015
- Animal welfare assessment of the 2015 Australian Capital Territory kangaroo conservation cull
- ACT Government response to the review of eastern grey kangaroo counts 2014 (PDF 170KB)
- Animal welfare and compliance assessment of the 2013 Australian Capital Territory kangaroo conservation cull (PDF 72KB)
- Review of Eastern Grey Kangaroo counts and derivation of sustainable density estimates in the ACT
Meet the mob of 'street smart' kangaroos moving into Australia's capital city. Kangaroo mob video.
Kangaroo spotting in Canberra. Australian Geographic article.