One of the benefits of living in Canberra is its natural environment setting and the associated native wildlife. Canberra has often been called the 'Bush Capital' because it has so many urban reserves. It also qualifies as the 'kangaroo capital' — compared to any other city, Canberra has a lot of Eastern Grey Kangaroos. Creating a sustainable 'Bush Capital' means being aware of and understanding how to live alongside our local wildlife. We may encounter kangaroos on our roads, while walking in a park or nature reserve and sometimes even in our own back yards.
Kangaroo management policy
Policy surrounding kangaroo management in the ACT can be seen in the 2010 ACT kangaroo management plan Animal welfare and procedure compliance for non-commercial kangaroo shooting 2015 (1.2 MB) and the Eastern Grey Kangaroo: Controlled Native Species Management Plan, a statutory plan under the Nature Conservation Act 2014.
2019 conservation cull of Eastern Grey Kangaroos
During the 2019 conservation cull, 4035 kangaroos were culled.
2020 conservation cull of Eastern Grey Kangaroos
The 2020 cull will start on 15 June 2020 and be completed by 1 August 2020. Nine reserves will be closed during this time. Approximately 1960 kangaroos will be culled. See more information on the reserve closures and frequently asked questions at the 2020 conservation cull webpage.
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. Research, which informs decisions about kangaroo management, includes studies on fertility control, kangaroo abundance, population dynamics and the effects of grazing on grassland and woodland biodiversity.
Visit the kangaroo research page for more information on current and past research.
Conservation culling advice
- Eastern Grey Kangaroo - Conservation Culling Advice 2018
- Eastern Grey Kangaroo - Conservation Culling Advice 2019
Other topics of interest
- Living with kangaroos
- Myths and realities
- 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 (482.5 KB)
- 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 (145.3 KB)
- Animal welfare and compliance assessment of the 2013 Australian Capital Territory kangaroo conservation cull (68.8 KB)
- Review of Eastern Grey Kangaroo counts and derivation of sustainable density estimates in the ACT
- Animal Welfare Assessment of Kangaroo Culling 2017 (1.3 MB)
Meet the mob of 'street smart' kangaroos moving into Australia's capital city. Kangaroo mob video.
Kangaroo spotting in Canberra. Australian Geographic article.