Contrary to popular belief, kangaroos are found not only in Australia, but also in Tasmania, New Guinea and nearby islands. They belong to the family of marsupials (Macropus), which literally translates as “big-legged”. – The largest of all kangaroo species is the Red Kangaroo, which can grow up to 2 meters in height.
– There are about 60 varieties of kangaroos and their close relatives. Small individuals are called wallabies.
Kangaroos are able to jump fast on two legs, move slowly on all fours, but they cannot move backward at all.
– At high speed, the kangaroo is able to jump very high, sometimes up to 3 meters in height!
– Kangaroos are social animals that live and travel in groups with a dominant male.
– A female kangaroo can hold two cubs in her pouch at the same time, but they are born one year apart. The mother feeds them with two different types of milk. A very smart animal!
There are more kangaroos in Australia than people! The number of this animal on the continent is about 30-40 million.
– The red kangaroo is able to do without water if fresh green grass is available to it.
Kangaroos are nocturnal animals, searching for food at night.
– At least 6 species of marsupials became extinct after the Europeans settled Australia. Some more are endangered.