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Marion and Harriet our friendly Kangaroo Island Kangaroos

9 July 2014

Our Kangaroo Island Kangaroos are a friendly bunch. Amongst them, they have their own little social groups that they regularly hang out with, and they’re very friendly with visitors and keepers. They recognise their keeper’s voices and Harriet (left) really enjoys participating in Magic Moments!

Harriet is 10 years old and loves to sunbake. Any opportunity to lay in the sunshine and that is where you’ll find her! She’s never had any joeys herself and, as Keeper Amie points out, loves being a single lady!

Marion (right) is 14 years old and one of our senior kangaroos at Healesville Sanctuary. She takes daily medication for her arthritis and, due to her age, she only gets up to eat if the offering is really tasty!

Kangaroo Island Kangaroos generally love food. Their favourites include veggies like carrots, sweet potato and corn. They also eat the bark off the eucalyptus branches and other trees. If you have visited the kangaroos at Healesville Sanctuary, you may have noticed the tree trunks are guarded. That’s to prevent the kangaroos from nibbling away at their environment!

Healesville Sanctuary’s Australian Wildlife Health Centre regularly treats joeys orphaned through road trauma. Thankfully, however, kangaroo numbers are not under threat in the wild.