Red kangaroo

Red kangaroos are marsupials, mammals with a unique characteristic that they carry their young (joeys) in a pouch. They hop around on their powerful hind legs at great speeds and can jump very high. 

Fast Facts

  • Kangaroos cannot walk forward or backward. They must jump or hop to move around.
  • Kangaroos are the only bipedal marsupial that moves on two legs instead of all four.
  • A group of kangaroos called a “mob” consists mostly of females with their offspring and one or two males.

Scientific name

Macropus rufus
Range  Australia
Conservation status Least concern
Diet Herbivore
Zoo name(s) Mikey
Zoo location Modules

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