Commercial harvesting of Kangaroos in Australia

by Tony Pople and Gordon Grigg
Department of Zoology, The University of Queensland
for Environment Australia, August 1999
Chapters 10,11,12 and 13 and Appendix 1 provided by staff at Environment Australia



This section briefly summarises terrestrial areas which are declared national parks, fauna reserves, scientific purpose reserves or forestry reserves (as at the middle of 1996), but excludes Aboriginal sites and historic sites (see Table 4). In these reserves all macropod species are totally protected.

Table 4. Area of fauna conservation reserves in each State and Territory suitable as habitat for kangaroo populations of major commercial species (as of 30 June 1996)

QLD 6,818,616
NSW 4,139,616
ACT 112,242
VIC 1,829,983
SA 20,946,719
WA* >8,000,000(Western greys)
NT 3,663,769
TOTAL >45,510,945

*Only those reserves greater than 10,000 hectares considered

Management procedures for macropods includes a continuous assessment of the availability of suitable habitat, particularly in relation to changes in land use, and a continuing increase in the area of land reserved for protection of all wildlife.