Summary

Eastern Grey Kangaroos are found across eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania. Usually Eastern Grey Kangaroos have grey-brown fur, paler grey or white on their bellies and hind legs, and the tip of their tail is black. However, the most obvious feature of this specimen is its white fur and red eyes.

Since it has red eyes this individual is an albino, meaning it has a genetic mutation that prevents it from producing any pigment. The eyes are red because the lack of pigment means the blood vessels of the iris are visible. There are other genetic mutations that cause varying degrees of pigment loss and resulting whiteness but in these there are usually parts of the body that are normally coloured. How often white kangaroos occur isn't well known but there are usually one or two reports of sightings of white kangaroos around Australia every year.

Specimen Details

Taxonomy

Geospatial Information

  • Country

    Australia

  • State

    Victoria

  • Precise Location

    Violet Town

  • Latitude

    -36.65

  • Longitude

    145.72

  • Geodetic Datum

    WGS84

  • Georeference Protocol

    AMG conversion, collection or Gazetteer