The Familiar Site Of An Australian Kangaroo Features On This Resin Fridge Magnet
The Kangaroo is the largest member of the marsupial family and is native to Australia, where its numbers are plentiful. It is an impressive animal with powerful hind legs and large feet to enable its propulsion by leaping. The kangaroo can easily move at speeds of twenty to twenty-five kilometres per hour and its fastest speeds can reach seventy kilometres per hour (over short distances). In common with most other marsupials, female kangaroos have a pouch in which their young, known as joeys, complete their development after birth. Due to its large numbers, the kangaroo is not a protected species; in the wild it is hunted for its meat and hide, and for sport. An integral part of Australian culture, this world re-known animal is featured on Australia’s coat of arms and on some of its currency. Of course it is also featured on this attractive fridge magnet available to purchase from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
The Boxing Kangaroo
Being such an iconic animal the kangaroo is often referred to in popular culture. One such reference is the ‘boxing kangaroo’. This is a symbol of Australia, especially in sporting circles; it is closely associated with the national rugby league team, known as the kangaroos. In 1891 the cartoon ‘Jack, the fighting Kangaroo with Professor Lendermann’ featured in a newspaper in the Australian city of Sydney. This was representative of the practice, in Australian outback sideshows of the late 19th century, of men fighting kangaroos wearing boxing gloves. The boxing kangaroo’s sporting connections continued in 1983 when it was used as a symbol for the Australian, Americas Cup team. In a departure from its sporting links, the familiar figure became synonymous with the Australian air force, during World War II, when it was stencilled on the side of fighter planes.
A namesake of the famous marsupial this beautiful island is situated off the Australian coast, one hundred and ten kilometres south-west of Adelaide. Over four thousand people live on the approximately four thousand, four hundred square kilometres of land, in varying habitats. White sand beaches, forests and wetlands abound, and are home to a variety of creatures, from platypus to penguins and goanna to seals. The island also, fittingly, has its own species of kangaroo. These, and many other species, can be found in the National and Conservation parks which cover over one third of the island. One such site is the ‘Flinders Chase National Park’ which is known for its incredible land formations. Island visitors who want to see more of the wildlife can book to see the penguins leaving the water for their burrows on the beach, a nightly activity at Kingscote. Visiting this tranquil island is easy; it is accessible via ferry and plane from Adelaide.
Visiting Adelaide in South Australia
The capital of South Australia, and the fifth largest city in Australia, Adelaide has a population of approximately 1.2 million. The wine producing reputation of South Australia is captured in ‘The National Wine Centre of Australia’ where visitors can take an interactive tour and do some tasting should they feel so inclined. After their visit tourists can enjoy the sunset at one of Adelaide’s beautiful beaches, or maybe partake of some shopping in the Rundle Mall and Rundle Street areas. An enjoyable feature for visitors is the generally warm climate with rainfall being infrequent during the summer months. A visit to this part of the world would be a wonderful experience which could be remembered, in the form of the native kangaroo, by purchasing this attractive fridge magnet from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store. If you never make the trip then this is still a lovely piece of memorabilia of this amazing creature and country.