Red KangarooMacropus rufus
Class: Mammalia Order: Diprotodontia Family: Macropodidae
Height (Males): 6 feet
Height (Females): 3.6 feet
Weight (Males): 200+ lbs
Weight (Females): 77 lbs
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Habitat & Range
Grasslands and deserts of Australia
- Red Kangaroos are the largest mammal living in Australia. They are also the largest species of marsupials. Marsupials are mammals whose young develop outside of the womb.
- They are macropods. This means “big foot”. Kangaroos can leap a distance of up to 26 feet and as high as 10 feet.
- Kangaroos have a rather short gestation period of 33 days. After the joey, which is the size of a jelly bean, is born, it climbs up the mother’s belly and into her pouch. It stays there, feeding from a nipple inside, for 190 days.
- Groups of kangaroos, called a mob, are led by a male. Males are called “boomers”. The rest of the group members are females, known as “does” or “flyers”, and their young which are called “joeys”.
Red Kangaroos have a large and stable population. They have few major threats.