Kangaroo populations mapped in Victoria

In the first of its kind, an aerial survey being conducted this month might soon reveal a whole lot more about Kangaroos across the state. 

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will seek out information about abundance and status of Victoria’s kangaroos through low level aerial surveys. 

“This survey information will assist DELWP in ensuring that kangaroo management activities in Victoria are sustainable and do not impact on the health of the kangaroo populations.”A DELWP spokesperson said. 

Between September 11 and 30, surveys will be undertaken from a helicopter approximately 200 feet above ground level at a speed of 50 knots, covering 1600 kilometres of transect lines. 

“The results of the survey will provide a baseline against which DELWP can assess the sustainability of authorised kangaroo management activities in Victoria, ensuring management is not having a detrimental impact on the conservation and sustainability of kangaroo populations,” A DELWP spokesperson said.

While thickly forested areas have been excluded as they do not allow easy detection, a DELWP spokesperson said the population of those areas is small in comparison to the whole state. For more information call 131 186.

Hopping across the state: Victoria's Kangaroos will still be measured through an aerial survey to determine population size and status. Picture: Kate Healy

Hopping across the state: Victoria's Kangaroos will still be measured through an aerial survey to determine population size and status. Picture: Kate Healy