Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroos are native to western and central Australia. They are the largest of the kangaroos and the largest of all marsupials. Males have a body length of 1.3 – 1.6 m (4.3 – 5.2 ft) and an additional tail length of 1 – 1.2 m (3.3 – 3.9 ft). They can stand 1.8 m (5.9 ft) tall. Females are much smaller.

Their diet is mostly green vegetation, primarily grass. They are for the most part nocturnal.

Red Kangaroos breed all year. Females can delay the birth of a baby until the previous joey has left the pouch. A baby kangaroo is born after a gestation period of only 33 days. It is blind and hairless at birth and must climb along the mother’s stomach to reach the pouch. Here it attaches itself to one of her two teats and remains for about 190 days before emerging. It takes almost 300 days for it to finally leave the pouch.

Red Kangaroo @ Safari Niagara

  • We have a “mob” of red kangaroos.
  • Since babies are carried in the pouch for the early part of their lives we are not sure how many there may be at any given time.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macrapodidae
Genus: Macropus
Species: M. rufus

Did you know?

  • Red Kangaroos are protected by legislation in Australia. However, they are also hunted commercially for their hides and meat.
  • They usually form small groups of a few animals but on occasion will gather in large groups called mobs of up to 1 500 animals.