This "Kangaroo in the Outback" is the first coin of the set which celebrates the most recognisable of Australian animals.
The Kangaroo is probably the most iconic animal that is associated with Australia. The kangaroo is a marsupial mammal of which there are over sixty different species. They range from the largest (Red Kangaroo) to the smallest (Wallabies). The Red Kangaroo is the largest marsupial mammal in the world and can weigh up to 90 kilograms. Kangaroos of differing species can be found all across Australia whether the climate is cold or hot and in desert or tropical areas. They can even be found on beaches whilst others live in trees! All kangaroos are herbivorous, eating a range of plants and shrubs. Most are nocturnal but some are active in the early morning and late afternoon. Kangaroos are also exported, but live exports are prohibited by law. Exportation began in 1959 and it is known that kangaroo meat is exported to over fifty-five countries and their skin is also widely sought (Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2008) . The Kangaroo, along with the Emu, were selected as symbols of Australia and are featured on the official Australian coat of arms.
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