Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo
Macropus rufus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Diprotodontia
FAMILY
Macropodidae

Range

Australia


Habitat

Grassland, open shrub and lightly wooded plains


Diet

Grass, herbs, leaves and bark of low shrubs

Weight

Males up to 200 lbs
Females up to 80 lbs

Height

Males up to 6 ft
Females up to 4 ft

Gestation

30 – 35 days

Young

1 joey

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • The red kangaroo is the world's largest marsupial.
  • Powerful muscles in the kangaroo's legs enable it to jump as far as 30 feet in one leap.
  • Tapered, strong and heavy tails acting as a balance and rudder when leaping. The front legs supports the animal's body as the rear legs move forward when grazing. Also acts as a third leg while sitting and can support the entire body weight.
  • Over short distances, the species can move as fast as 35 miles per hour.
  • Accustomed to dry conditions, they can go for long periods without drinking, gaining moisture from the plants they consume. The animals can pant and sweat for cooling.
  • The young, called joeys, weigh less than an ounce at birth and are about the size of a jellybean. Remain exclusively in the mother's pouch for several months as they continue to grow.
  • Once they've developed sufficiently to leave the pouch, joeys continue to return for feedings and security until they're nearly a year in age.

 

Conservation

The red kangaroo population is currently stable. This species is present in many protected areas, and harvesting of the species is regulated.

Least Concern
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