Origin of the Bordertown White Kangaroos

White Kangaroos


The Bordertown Wildlife Park was developed in 1968 and initially held a selection of Australian Wildlife; grey kangaroo’s, emu’s, ducks and other native animals.

Mr Lindsey Smith and his family bought a property at The Gap, south of Bordertown and while working with local Bill Hole in 1980, told him about a couple of big white kangaroos he had seen on his previous property Warrakoo Station, in the Riverland near the SA/NSW border. Bill had been involved with the wildlife park since it’s inception and was interested in these unusual kangaroos. Goat shooters on the property had recently shot one of the white kangaroos that lived in the area, much to the family’s dismay and rather than see the other also perhaps killed, Bill suggested they try to catch the kangaroo and bring it down to the Bordertown Wildlife Sanctuary, as white kangaroo’s were so rarely seen. As the family was still in the process of moving from NSW and had to make several trips to and fro, they agreed to attempt to catch the big white buck kangaroo.

His son  Barry duly captured the kangaroo off his motorbike, a trick he had perfected catching other kangaroos over the years, to show the animals to visitors, without the kangaroo’s being hurt. The animal was sedated and brought to Bordertown by his sister Sandra, in the back of her panel van. On arrival in Bordertown, the other buck kangaroo’s were shut away and the white male released into the enclosure with the females. Suffering some stress, but otherwise unharmed, he took about six weeks to fully recover his strength and move around normally.

In an albino kangaroo, the normal colouring is absent, and the kangaroo has white fur and sometimes (not always) pink eyes. Albino kangaroos have a reduced amount of melanin pigment in the eyes, skin, and hair. They have increased sensitivity to sunlight, so they are more prone to sunburn.

The first white joey was born in 1984, followed by a second two years later. There have been about fifty white individuals born at the park over the years. A number have been sent to parks and reserves around the country and there are currently fifteen  in the Bordertown Park, proving indeed to be of great interest to tourists and visitors to the area.



One Response to Origin of the Bordertown White Kangaroos

  1. Yoli Peevey Reply

    December 28, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Are all the white kangaroos in the park albinos, or is there a specific species of white kangaroos that aren’t albinos.

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