The Red Kangaroo may be the most well-known, but there are actually 45 different species of kangaroos and wallabies. Kangaroos are marsupials that belong to a small group of animals called macropods.
Kangaroos are powerfully built with long muscular tails used for balance and large hind legs and feet. The reason kangaroos must hop, is that their legs cannot move independently of one another.
From rocky outcrops and stony ground to dense scrub and rainforest, kangaroos can be found in a wide variety of environments. Red kangaroos are mainly found on the flat open plains.
Kangaroos are herbivores, subsisting mainly on grass as well as some leaves, herbs, flowers and fruit.
Female kangaroos give birth to just one baby at a time, which immediately jumps into its mother pouch. After two months the young joey will emerge, but is still quick to jump into its mother’s pouch when threatened.
New bushfire patterns and the introduction of livestock, foxes, cats and dogs to the kangaroo’s habitat has led to a number of species of kangaroo being listed as threatened.
Scroll through the videos, photos and articles below to find out more about kangaroos.
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