Living With Kangaroos

For more detail refer to Section 3.1 in the ACT Kangaroo Management Plan (PDF 6.8MB).

Free ranging eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) in the parks and reserves of the city are one of the most widely appreciated aspects of living in Canberra, the 'bush capital'.

Eastern grey kangaroos are exceptionally abundant in the ACT region. They are the largest native species and principal native herbivore of the region, have a powerful ecological role, and are probably the wildlife species best known to the general public. Generally regarded with affection, their populations are also known to have a range of impacts, including environmental, economic and social impacts. (e.g. serious motor vehicle collisions with kangaroos).

Living with kangaroos in Canberra creates unusual challenges. The ACT Kangaroo Management Plan (PDF 6.8MB) explains the science relating to local kangaroo populations, and the policies formulated by the ACT Government to respond to some of these challenges.

Also refer to the Living with Kangaroos Brochure (PDF 542KB) and the following actions that the general public should undertake in respect to living with kangaroos.

  • Respect wildlife as wildlife. Do not feed kangaroos. Do not rear young eastern grey kangaroos.
  • Respect wildlife. Give it space. Try not to approach kangaroos too closely.
  • Respect wildlife. Never let your dog escape. Obey the law by keeping it on a lead.
  • Explain to young people.
  • If a kangaroo threatens you back down and back away to diminish the confrontation.
  • If a kangaroo is badly injured (e.g. in a motor vehicle collision) it must be humanely killed. Call Access Canberra on 13 22 81. After Hours call 6207 2127 (Southside) or 6207 1679 (Northside). Please ensure, before you call, that you are aware and are able to relay the animal's precise location.