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The Eastern Grey Kangaroo
The Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Macropus giganteus giganteus, is one of the more common Kangaroos of Australia, and is almost certainly the species first seen by the Europeans when Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay in New South Wales.
 
Size
The scientific name of this animal suggests that it is the biggest Kangaroo., but on average the Red Kangaroo is the bigger
Although on average the Red Kangaroo is bigger, in the drier parts of its range, the occasional giant Grey is to be seen.  These can be eight feet tall.  As with most species of Kangaroo, the Eastern Grey males are bigger than the females.
 
Social Structure
In the more temperate parts of its range, mobs of perhaps 40 females may be with a single mature male, as well as the young animals.  It is believed that the Alpha Male, which has the exclusive right to mate with the females, does not keep its position for very long; maybe only a year.
In the drier parts the mobs tend to be smaller, but the males bigger.  The may keep their position for longer than a year.
 
Diet
This animal prefers shorter grasses and other plants than its red cousin.  In its range it tends to promote natural lawns of short grasses, with a wide variety of species.
 
Habitat
Eastern Greys prefer plenty of cover to lie up for the night, and during the hotter parts of the day in reasonable safety.  Like most Kangaroos, they mostly become active in the mornings and evenings.  These animals are not necessarily incompatible with Humans.  Some places created by Humans are actually excellent habitats.
 
Golf Courses and Parks
These places both have short grasses and belts of trees.  In some parts of Australia, golfers share their recreational areas with Eastern Grey Kangaroos.
 
Canberra
Canberra is the capital of Australia but is not the biggest City.  The creation of Canberra is somewhat analogous to that of Washington DC.
Canberra is within the Australia Capital Territory which was created simply to contain the Capital, but it is rather bigger than the city itself.  Canberra has suburban Parks, and Golf Courses which house a good population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos.  The continuation of this population depends of the tolerance of the Humans.  So far they have been allowed to survive.  People put up with the minor nuisance these animals cause with their visits to peoples’ gardens.

Kangaroos generally are not dangerous to people.  It is only in exceptional circumstance that they would hurt a person. 
 
A baby kangaroo is called a 'joey', an adult male is a 'boomer' and a female is a 'flier'.
 
Here is a wild Eastern Grey flier with a joey in her pouch at Monato zoo. Monato zoo in South Australia, is the biggest (in area) zoo in the world, and as well as the animals in the large fenced  enclosures there is a thriving population of wild animals. This flier is in the Bison enclosure, but moves from one place to another almost at will.
Sometimes wild animals get into unsuitable places and the rabbit that managed to get in with the cheetahs did not last long.