The kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae. In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, especially those of the genus Macropus: the red kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo, and western grey kangaroo. Kangaroos are indigenous to Australia. The Australian government estimates that 34.3 million kangaroos lived within the commercial harvest areas of Australia in 2011, up from 25.1 million one year earlier.


What is ‘Kangaroos’

Slang term for Australian stocks, it refers mostly to the stocks on the All-Ordinaries Index, which is composed of around 300 of the most active Australian companies.

Explaining ‘Kangaroos’

Kangaroos are one of the most recognizable symbols of Australia, outside of Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman of course.

Further Reading

  • Kangaroo court? An analysis of social media justifications for attitudes to culling – www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
  • Turn-over and distribution of water in desert camels, sheep, cattle and kangaroos. – www.cabdirect.org [PDF]
  • Effect of Kangaroo mother care in reducing pain due to heel prick among preterm neonates: a crossover trial – www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
  • A crossroads in kangaroo politics – search.informit.com.au [PDF]
  • Epizootic of toxoplasmosis in kangaroos, wallabies, and potaroos: possible transmission via domestic cats. – www.cabdirect.org [PDF]
  • The effect of kangaroo mother care on the duration of phototherapy of infants re-admitted for neonatal jaundice – www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
  • The dragon versus the kangaroo: perceptions of Chinese and Australian influence and development assistance in Vanuatu – www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
  • Hydatid disease in urban areas of Western Australia: an unusual cycle involving western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus), feral pigs and domestic dogs. – www.cabdirect.org [PDF]
  • Kangaroo bond issuance in Australia – opus.lib.uts.edu.au [PDF]