Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Red Kangaroo


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Macropus rufus
PROFILE:

The largest living marsupial, the red kangaroo lives in small groups called “mobs.” They have powerful hind legs and their tails act to balance their bodies in bipedal hops using their legs to propel them forward. They can reach an average of 30 m.p.h. for short periods! Our kangaroos share their habitat with our Bennett’s wallabies and emus.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Diprotodontia (marsupials)
NATIVE TO:
Australia
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFESPAN:
Wild - 12-15 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Small groups, averaging 10 individuals, called "mobs"
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