- Scientific Name:
- Macropus rufus
- Park Location:
- Mainland Australia
- A baby kangaroo when first born is no bigger than a cherry.
- Kangaroos will growl like a dog when they need to defend themselves.
- It is possible for a mother kangaroo to carry three Joeys at different stages of development. There are four teats in the pouch and each provides milk for a different stage.
The iconic symbol of Australia, the kangaroo is the largest marsupial mammal.
Red kangaroos move in groups (mobs) ranging from a few dozen to several hundred animals. They are usually made up of a dominant male, a number of adult females and youngsters of both sexes. The female, or doe, has blue grey fur, and the male, or buck, has reddish/brown. Males can be between 3 – 9 feet (0.9 - 2.7 metres). They move by hopping on their strong hind legs using their muscular tales for steering.
The word Marsupial describes animals that give birth to premature young and rear them in a pouch, which contains teats for nourishment. A young kangaroo that still uses its mother’s pouch is called a ‘Joey’.
They are growing in number in their natural habitat, thanks to the extinction of their only natural predator, the Tasmanian Wolf (also a marsupial) some 65 years ago.
Red kangaroo numbers are high in the wild. However there is laws protecting them – hunting is regulated and controlled by a management plan.