Nature conservation

Native animals

Population monitoring

Reliable population estimates are fundamental to ensuring the sustainability of the commercial harvest and are used to set the annual harvest quotas. The NSW Government has been researching, monitoring and managing kangaroos under the NSW Kangaroo Management Program since the 1970s. Over this period improvements have been made to the design of surveys to estimate kangaroo population size, based on the best available science.

The Population Monitoring Methods (PDF 1MB) report details the current survey methodology for estimating kangaroo population size across the Northern Tablelands, South East and Western NSW.

Population reports

Central Tablelands

South Eastern NSW

Northern Tablelands

Western Plains

Red and grey kangaroo population estimates by zone for 2006-2015. These estimates only apply to the Western Plains.

Red kangaroos

  Kangaroo management zone
Zone Tibooburra Broken Hill Lower Darling Cobar Bourke Narrabri Coonabarabran Griffith Total
2006 361,586 725,034 113,118 107,825 258,667 233,780 161,119 221,656 2,182,785
2007 432,096 1,092,982 188,018 85,913 143,043 121,426 168,001 292,970 2,524,448
2008 606,518 1,190,299 251,731 156,639 140,371 124,915 170,804 228,433 2,869,709
2009 560,706 809,665 185,449 97,823 180,413 189,118 202,199 231,422 2,456,795
2010 636,037 855,368 193,930 148,176 251,196 433,365 250,624 245,208 3,013,908
2011 621,124 1,079,052 186,473 210,921 444,932 530,367 343,239 556,415 3,972,522
2012 937,643 1,138,627 295,180 252,750 429,000 371,257 357,256 366,603 4,148,316
2013 903,279 1,219,455 423,518 193,738 460,225 369,861 373,924 536,580 4,480,580
2014 1,256,418 2,192,347 289,106 298,459 439,559 406,847 590,194 950,341 6,423,271
2015 1,061,784 2,168,733 387,272 357,287 504,671 315,429 505,429 589,282 5,889,886
2016 1,567,598 1,206,597 619,113 437,129 730,140 780,834 421,498 601,325 6,364,234

Grey kangaroos

  Kangaroo management zone
Year Tibooburra Broken Hill Lower Darling Cobar Bourke Narrabri Coonabarabran Griffith Total
2006 59,033 216,474 220,665 208,066 110,114 398,589 905,593 677,124 2,795,658
2007 64,222 281,904 226,569 282,841 183,442 697,531 568,378 571,999 2,876,886
2008 93,058 439,369 367,220 350,925 152,776 514,483 583,873 638,262 3,139,966
2009 92,905 366,677 215,420 251,233 147,001 447,330 695,066 321,138 2,536,769
2010 37,780 241,831 231,585 256,097 140,721 752,770 935,327 562,930 3,159,044
2011 51,214 179,320 98,973 176,060 128,018 1,229,345 1,089,829 541,306 3,494,063
2012 73,882 221,803 232,187 311,522 446,909 1,246,675 1,457,381 700,388 4,690,747
2013 163,392 586,534 486,859 660,596 541,622 1,874,886 2,071,115 1,780,269 8,165,273
2014 44,669 444,547 397,584 546,338 471,812 1,321,410 2,417,012 1,376,362 7,019,734
2015 234,927 564,083 360,959 492,207 474,326 813,425 1,836,656 1,476,232 6,252,816
2016 451,594 672,187 566,970 405,079 473,265 1,434,755 1,089,374 1,241,399 6,334,623

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Page last updated: 28 November 2016