Red Kangaroo

STATUSLeast Concern

COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Macropus rufus

DIETLeaves, stems, bark

RANGEAustralia

HABITATShrubland, grassland, desert, savanna

Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroos are the largest living marsupial. They are named for the reddish-colored fur of the male. Females are bluish-grey in color. Males are nicknames “boomers,” females are “blue fliers,” and babies as “joeys.” Males can weigh between 120 to 180 pounds and stand around 5 to 6 feet tall. Females are smaller, weighing around 60-80 pounds and stand around 4 to 5 feet tall.

Red Kangaroos are found in the central part of Australia. This area includes widespread desert and semidesert regions, grasslands, and shrub-lands. The groups, or mobs, are found near water sources – both natural and man-made. These mobs of kangaroos consist of 2 – 10 animals with a single dominant male, several females, and their offspring. They are able to go long periods of time without water by consuming moisture-filled plants called succulents.

In the wild, the average lifespan is 12 to 18 years old. Under human care, they can live up to 25 years of age.

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