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Kangaroo Facts


Kangaroos are most active at dawn & dusk.

They rest during the day in the shade of woodland moving on to the grasslands to feed.

Kangaroos eat a variety of plants but mainly grasses.

Kangaroos are unique, being the only large animals that use hopping for locomotion.

Red kangaroos & Euro's breed continously under good conditions but Grey Kangaroos are usually seasonal breeders.

Kangaroos have a long gestation period compared to other marsupials ranging from 31-36 days.

With Euro's & Red Kangaroos the joey is continually attached to the teat until 120-130 days old.

Mother kangaroo can change the composition of her milk, one strength for the newborn joey and another for the joey that has emerged from the pouch.

The young first emerge from the pouch usually by falling out. This usually occurs around 185 days for Red Kangaroos & 298 days for Grey Kangaroos.

Red Kangaroos are also known as Marloo or Blue Flyers (females).

Grey Kangaroos are also known as Mallee Kangaroo, Sooty Kangaroo or Scrubbers.

A male Red Kangaroo can weigh up to 90kgs or a female 35kgs.

A male Grey Kangaroo can weigh up to 70kgs or a female 35kgs.

A male Euro can weigh 58kgs or a female 25kgs.

Muzzle differences in kangaroos:

  • Red Kangaroo - Has black and white patch on sides of muzzle, the tip of the nose is naked of fur and sharply defined.
  • Grey Kangaroo - has muzzle covered by fine fur, only the edges of the nostrils are bare black skin.
  • Euro - nose is completely naked.

The younger kangaroos may display submissive behaviour to older kangaroos by holding it's body close to the ground and it's head may quiver.

There is a lot of play fighting among young subadults or mother & joey - this is displayed by grasping each other around the neck, touching forepaws and kicking.

In some areas there may be only one species of kangaroo but in other areas several species occur.


End the Commercial Killing of Kangaroos

The Kangaroo needs your support NOW!

The Australian Wildlife Protection Council has information and petitions on their current campaigns.

Please visit their campaign page and help put an end to the commercial slaughter of one of our national treasures - the Kangaroo.


 

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