Euros are only a little shorter than kangaroos but are thicker-set and have a longer coat like wallabies. Euros are found along the east and west coasts of Australia but in the east they are usually referred to as common wallaroos. Like kangaroos, euros hop at speeds of up to 50km/hr. This is the most energy efficient form of active movement and after a few hops a euro expends an incredibly small amount of energy. Strong, elastic tendons in the animal’s legs act as springs which absorb and release energy. Their toes have evolved to aid propulsion and their tails act as giant counterweights to assist direction changes.
Euros are not especially gregarious and this animal was grazing alone near Exmouth which is on the tip of Australia’s North West Cape. This park has an abundance of wildlife, gorges and beaches while the unspoilt coral reefs of Ningaloo Marine Park lie just offshore.