, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 73–86 | Cite as

The Wild Kangaroo Industry: Developing the Potential for Sustainability

  • Marion HercockEmail author


Wildlife resources the world over have long been subject to harvest and management. As wildlife uses have grown, so too have the need and desire to ensure their sustainability.

This new context of sustainability presents opportunities to merge ecological, economic and social elements to foster development. This paper presents the management and harvesting of wild kangaroos as an example of the potentially sustainable use of a natural resource. Some comparisons are drawn between the use of other wild living resources, deer in Europe and crayfish in Western Australia. However, sustainability of kangaroo species and the industry is not just a matter of market economics and ecology, it must also be socially sustainable. The public policy instrument of a statutory advisory board with a marketing function is proposed in order to integrate the cultural and social aspects of kangaroo management with the economic and ecological aspects. Through such integration, full sustainability of a wild resource then might be achieved.


advisory board kangaroos kangaroo products public policy sustainability wild resources 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Earth and Geographical Sciences M004, Discipline of GeographyUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyWestern Australia

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