Red kangaroo in exhibit
Scientific Name
Macropus rufus
Geographic Range
Grass and other grazed vegetation

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About This Animal

Red kangaroos are the world’s largest marsupials; they’re reddish-brown in color with muscular feet, legs, and tails. They have a length between 3.25–5.25 feet long without their tails, which can add more than 3 feet to their total size. Adults weigh in at around 200 pounds.

These mammals live in deserts and open grasslands. They reside in groups called mobs, which generally number between 2–10 individuals. Red kangaroos can move at speeds of more than 35 miles an hour and can cover 25 feet of distance or 6 feet in height in a single leap. When moving more slowly, they walk with a “five-foot” gait that includes balancing on their tail and forearms while swinging hind legs forward, then bringing arms and tail up.

As with all marsupials, red kangaroos are known for their pouches. Infants are born semi-developed, then climb into their mother’s pouch for several more months. They won’t stick their heads out until about 150 days later, finally coming out for good at around 235 days.

Red kangaroos occupy a large range and have a stable population. No major threats to this species are documented, other than hunting by humans for meat and hides.

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