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Scientific Name:
Macropus rufus

Conservation Status:
Common

Where to see them:
Outback Station

Fun Facts:

The red kangaroo gets it name from the color of its fur. The red color is actually a musky red oil excreted from glands in the skin.

Joeys are about the size of a jellybean when they are born.

Red kangaroos can hop 40 miles per hour, jump six feet off the ground, and leap 29 feet.

Kangaroo, Red

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Size
Males are 6.5 feet tall and weigh around 190 pounds; females are 4.5 feet tall and weigh around 80 pounds.

Range
Central Australia

Habitat
Grasslands, savannas, deserts and/or dunes

Lifestyle
Red kangaroos are crepuscular and nocturnal, which means they rest at midday and are active at dawn and dusk when the temperature is cooler. A group of red kangaroos is called a mob; groups are semi-nomadic with an old, dominant male leading the group. Red kangaroos often live alone and can go long periods without water, as long as plenty of vegetation is available as a water source.

Food
Red kangaroos are herbivores and mostly eat plants and grasses.

Life Cycle
Mature female red kangaroos are fertile every 35 days throughout the year. Since male red kangaroos are also fertile throughout the year, a mother red kangaroo produces and rears on average three joeys every two years. Red kangaroo babies are called joeys and are born after 30-35 days of gestation at a size equivalent to a small jellybean or pea. The joey immediately crawls up the pouch following a saliva path licked by its mother and climbs into the pouch. The joey attaches to one of several teats provided for the many stages of development a joey undergoes during the seven to 10 months it lives in the pouch. Red kangaroos can live 12 to 15 years.

Some of My Neighbors (IN THE WILD)
Cassowary, kookaburra, wallaby, dingo

Population Status & Threats
Although kangaroos are not threatened, humans continually poach red kangaroos for their meat and skin. In addition, red kangaroos are considered a nuisance and are often shot. Human encroachment has caused the wild red kangaroo population to be widely dispersed.