Red kangaroo

Red kangaroo Macropus rufus (ESB)

ClassMammalia
OrderDiprotodontia
FamilyMacropodidae
Sizeup to 1.6m
Weight30–80kg
Gestationabout 33 days
Birth1
Life-spanabout 20 years
Diet
herbivorous

Habitat
plains and dry forests

Range
Australia


The powerful back limbs of the red kangaroo allow it to reach peak speeds of almost 65km/h and to jump up to 9m in the air.
 
The young are born about 33 days after fertilisation. Hairless and weighing less than 1g, the newborns look like worms but are still able to make their way through their mother’s fur to get to the marsupial pouch, where they latch onto a teat and remain there for the next 70 days. They leave the pouch at the age of 7–8 months but continue breastfeeding until they are about a year old. 




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo