Red Kangaroo [Macropus rufus]
Size: Males: up to 6 feet tall, up to 200 pounds; Females: up to 3.5 feet tall, up to 90 pounds
Lifespan: in the wild, 8 years; in zoos, up to 25 years
Color: Males: reddish-brown; Females: bluish-gray
Range: Western and Central Australia
Habitat: Scrubland, grassland, and desert
Location in the Zoo: Kids Kingdom
About RED KANGAROOS
The red kangaroo is the largest kangaroo species on the planet. It is a marsupial, or pouched mammal. Females give birth very early in the development phase, and these immature newborns crawl into the mother’s pouch where it is protected as it nurses and continues to grow.
The kangaroo’s long tail can support its weight and prevents it from falling forward when hopping. When seated, the tail acts as a tripod. The kangaroo can reach speeds up to 15 miles per hour. When in danger, kangaroos pound the ground with their hind feet. This loud alarm signal carries over a long distance. Males often kickbox during the breeding season with the two opponents clasping forearms and trying to kick one another in the belly.
Red kangaroos are sociable animals and are often found in small groups of 2-10 individuals, called “mobs.” They eat grasses, leaves, and roots. They also live on very little water.
DRAW A KANGAROO
We are excited to partner with WQED to present WQED’s Cartoon Academy at the Zoo! Follow along with Pittsburgh cartoonist, Joe Wos, as he teaches you how to create a kangaroo in the video below!