Kangaroos at USC feature in popular TV show

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Kangaroos at USC feature in popular TV show


Kangaroos graze near a student on the lawn of the USC campus

13 January 2014

The kangaroos that inhabit the University of the Sunshine Coast campus at Sippy Downs recently starred in an episode of Totally Wild on Network Ten.

The popular children’s television program showed kangaroos hopping around, grazing and lazing on the lawns of the campus, which is a designated wildlife sanctuary.

Reporter Alex Battye interviewed USC’s Lecturer in Wildlife Ecology Dr Scott Burnett about the resident population of 30-40 eastern greys.

Dr Burnett spoke about the health of the kangaroos and the teaching and research possibilities afforded to USC academics and students by having so many of the iconic marsupials at hand.

He also explained the important role of the Claymore Road underpass in providing kangaroos with a safe link between the campus and the adjacent Mooloolah National Park.

The TV report, which screened last month, included interviews with USC Environmental Science students Amanda Neilen, Emma Kerr and Emma Fensom-Beck.

A podcast of the Totally Wild episode can be viewed online. The segment on USC’s kangaroos begins in the 11th minute of the program.

— Terry Walsh

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