I had a dentists appointment yesterday, and on the way to the dentist we stopped at the University Sandra attends. It’s apparently the only campus in Australia that has wild kangaroos roaming in the grounds. This is a tribute to the efforts that were taken when designing and building the university, to preserve natural habitat which the kangaroos had been using.
These are wild animals, and there are strict rules at the University with regard to approaching and photographing them. I was using my mobile (cell) phone for these and only have digital zoom. The rules state that students and visitors must not approach the kangaroos, and that photographs must be taken from a distance. It made me wish I had a better camera, with a telephoto lens. But this is the best I could do.
The kangaroo standing up, in this picture, appears to be wearing a collar. It is probably a radio tracking device fitted by National Parks and Wildlife in an effort to track numbers and movements of Kangaroo Mobs in the area.
This female has a baby (called a Joey) with her. He was very inquisitive and kept sitting up to look around at people walking past. He was also pushing his head into mum’s pouch to suckle from time to time, but I couldn’t get photos of that, because the mother would hunch over him and make it difficult to focus on him when he did.
It is actually quite uncommon to see kangaroos this close to people outside of zoos in Australia, so I always feel privileged if they are around when we visit the campus.