Why does the ACT Government do kangaroo research?
The ACT has some of the highest density populations of Eastern Grey Kangaroos recorded anywhere in Australia (up to 700 per square kilometre in the Jerrabomberra Valley). Many of these live in the grassy ecosystems which comprise the urban reserve network of Canberra Nature Park, and so have regular direct or indirect interactions with people and infrastructure. To ensure sustainable management of Eastern Grey Kangaroos in our urban reserves, 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 research organisations.
To date, the ACT Government has undertaken research assessing many aspects of kangaroo biology and ecology. Research is often undertaken in collaboration with external research partners including universities and non-for-profit organisations.
Three recent studies are guiding kangaroo management in the ACT.
- Fertility Control of Eastern Grey Kangaroos: Assessing efficacy of a dart-deliverd immunocontraceptive vaccine (2018)
- Kangaroos and Conservation: Assessing the effects of kangaroo grazing in lowland grassy ecosystems (2018)
- Factors Influencing Sub-adult Mortality Events in Eastern Grey Kangaroos (2018)
Eight studies on the effects of kangaroo grazing on biodiversity, based on work carried out in the ACT since the ACT Kangaroo Management Plan (KMP) was published in 2010 are summarised in the ACT Conservation Research: the effects of kangaroo grazing on biodiversity (2015).
Opinion polls of ACT residents about kangaroo management are summarised in the Community attitudes to kangaroo management