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Kangaroo hunter with Red kangaroo
Title : Kangaroo hunter with Red kangaroo Kangaroo hunter with Red kangaroo
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Date of creation : 1947
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 120 x 160 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Kangaroo shooter Norm Saunders poses with a dead Red Kangaroo by his Maxwell truck.

Red Kangaroos (Macropus rufus), the largest living marsupial, are common throughout inland South Australia. 'Surprisingly for such a large and arid-adapted herbivore, it depends upon green herbage, the abundance of which determines the proportion of females that breed and the survival of their young.' (Strahan, p. 353). It is believed that the red kangaroo is more abundant since European settlement due the establishment of stock watering points by graziers and so hunting for hides and meat continues with no impact on population numbers.

Older males can stand up to two metres tall, almost twice the size of females.

Coverage year : 1947
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Strahan, Ronald, ed. The mammals of Australia : the national photographic index of Australian wildlife, Chatswood, N.S.W. : Reed Books : The Australian Museum, 1995
Dawson, Terence J. Kangaroos : the biology of the largest marsupials, Ithaca, N.Y. : Comstock Pub. Associates, 1995
Kangaroos in Australia : conservation status and management , Canberra : Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, 1988

Dickman, C. R. A fragile balance : the extraordinary story of Australian marsupials, Chicago, Illinois. : University of Chicago Press, 2007

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