Kangaroo That is National Emblem of Australia Must Be Protected
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Kangaroo That is National Emblem of Australia Must Be Protected

Australian zoologists donÂ’t agree with statements that the kangaroo, the national emblem of Australia, is likely to become extinct. In the northern state of Queensland there is one of the largest kangaroo populations in Australia. Dr. Thomas Kirkpatrick, a Queensland zoologist has a way to check that the kangaroo is not becoming extinct. He examines the teeth of kangaroo skulls that are sent to him by professional shooters from all parts of Queensland. In this way he can tell the kangarooÂ’s age and sex. His theory is that while at least 10 per cent of the kangaroo population is aged ten years or over the kangaroo is not likely to become extinct.

Australian zoologists don’t agree with statements that the kangaroo, the national emblem of Australia, is likely to become extinct. In the northern state of Queensland there is one of the largest kangaroo populations in Australia. Dr. Thomas Kirkpatrick, a Queensland zoologist has a way to check that the kangaroo is not becoming extinct. He examines the teeth of kangaroo skulls that are sent to him by professional shooters from all parts of Queensland. In this way he can tell the kangaroo’s age and sex. His theory is that while at least 10 per cent of the kangaroo population is aged ten years or over the kangaroo is not likely to become extinct.

Australian zoologists don’t agree with statements that the kangaroo, the national emblem of Australia, is likely to become extinct. In the northern state of Queensland there is one of the largest kangaroo populations in Australia. Dr. Thomas Kirkpatrick, a Queensland zoologist has a way to check that the kangaroo is not becoming extinct. He examines the teeth of kangaroo skulls that are sent to him by professional shooters from all parts of Queensland. In this way he can tell the kangaroo’s age and sex. His theory is that while at least 10 per cent of the kangaroo population is aged ten years or over the kangaroo is not likely to become extinct.

Professional shooters kill many kangaroo each year in Queensland, but there is still a large population of them. Many farmers, in fact, don’t like the kangaroo because it damages fences and eats what is used for feeding sheep and cattle. Dr. Kirkpatrick explains that many travelers complain because they go on trips of thousands of miles through the Australian outback without seeing a kangaroo. As a result, they think that most of the kangaroos have been shot.

Usually kangaroos begin feeding in the late afternoon and in the first half of the night. They rest between midnight and 3 a.m. and move around again until about two or three hours after daylight when they return to a daylight resting place that is hidden from human eyes. This is the real reason why travelers don’t see kangaroos in daylight hours. “It has also been found,” Dr. Kirkpatrick said, “Kangaroos are never seen on windy days and nights. During the wet season, they are rarely seen. However, if there is as drought, they are seen in large numbers at all times of the day and night when they search for food.”

There are more than 40 different types of kangaroos. The biggest are the red and grey kangaroos which weigh more than a hundred kilograms. The smallest is the musky rat kangaroo from northern Queensland which weighs about a half kilogram. Scientific surveys have revealed that not one of these types of kangaroos has become extinct since the white men first lived in Queensland in about 1850.

In the forty years before 1817, people thought that the kangaroo was only a pest and more than two million Australian dollars had been paid to people who had killed the kangaroo in Queensland. In the next 40 years an industry, the hide processing industry was developed using the skins of the kangaroos. Nowadays, there is also another industry which makes pet food from kangaroo meat.

However, all state governments in Australia have made regulations that limit the numbers of kangaroos that can be shot. Shooting the kangaroo is also forbidden in certain areas. In this way, it is certain that the kangaroo will not become extinct.

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