The first white Western Grey Kangaroo, a
buck, was introduced to the Wildlife Park in 1980 from Warrokoo,
a property on the New South Wales border, adjoining Chowilla.
The first white joey was born in 1984, followed by a second two years later.
In 1968 this land
was selected by the Bordertown Chamber of Commerce to be
developed as a Wildlife Park and stop-over point. The 4.5
hectares is now administered by a small band of volunteers
and is being preserved as near as possible to its natural
vegetation and habitat.
The kangaroos tend to live on the higher, drier ground at
the eastern end of the park in winter and the cool shady
areas in summer. The dominance of the white gene has been
clearly evident and by August 2000, 43 white kangaroos had
been bred in the park. These white roos are a dominant genetic strain of the
Western Grey and are not albino, as thought by many first time visitors. With
the success of the ongoing breeding program, a number have been sent to other
parks and reserves around Australia.
The park is also home to some red kangaroo, red necked
wallabies, dama wallabies, emus, stone curlews, black swans,
teal, chestnut teal, wood ducks, black ducks and mountain
Visitors are able to drive or walk around the outside of the 4.5 hectare
park, as all the inhabitants can be viewed through the fence, however there is
currently no access into the park itself.
Did you known the Western Grey Kangaroo is also known as
Macropus Fuliginosus. Check out our
images of the
'white kangaroos' at Bordertown.