Kangas on Campus

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.

About megleigh

When not busy writing, Meg Leigh spends her time tending to the most pampered flock of chickens on Australia’s east coast. She would really like to have dragons, but has settled for chickens because they come pretty close. If you need proof of this, try offering a flock of chickens raw meat! (Meg would like to advise she accepts no liability for loss of fingers!) Meg also enjoys reading, keeping fit with her bunch of madcap mates at the local park, and spending time with her adult offspring whenever their schedules allow.
This entry was posted in blogging, Meg Leigh. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s