Amazing Kangaroo Facts for Kids

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  • The 4 main species of kangaroos are red kangaroo(macropus rufus), antilopine kangaroo(macropus antilopinus), eastern grey kangaroo(macropus giganteus) and western grey kangaroo(macropus fuliginosus)
  • The largest species of kangaroo is the red kangaroo
  • Kangaroos are marsupials .  Marsupials are animals that have a pouch,  Marsupials carry their young in their pouch.
  • Kangaroos are the largest marsupials on the planet.
  • They live mostly in Australia, but some sub-species of kangaroo can also be found in Papua New Guinea and Tasmania. 
  • Kangaroos are herbivores. Herbivores are animals that don’t eat meat.  Kangaroos mostly eat grass, shoots and shrubs.
  • A female kangaroo is called a doe.
  • A male kangaroo is called a buck.
  • A baby kangaroo is called a joey.
  • When a joey is born it is only about 1 inch long.
  • A joey will stay in their moms pouch for at least 4 months.
  • A joey can hop in and out of their mother’s pouch until they are about 10 months old.  After 10 months they leave their mom’s pouch for good.
  • Here is a fun fact about kangaroos…they cannot walk backwards!
  • A group of kangaroos is called a mob. 
  • A mob can have 10-25 kangaroos. 
  • The average  life span of  a kangaroo is 23 years.
  • Kangaroos can be 6 ft -10 ft tall.
  • Kangaroos can jump really far.  They can jump 25 ft in a single leap!
  • Kangaroos use their tails to help balance while jumping.
  • Kangaroos can also run fast.  They can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour.
  • When a kangaroo feels threatened it will pound the ground with its feet and kick.
  • Wild dogs called dingoes and feral cats are predators to a kangaroo.
  • Kangaroos can swim.
  • When being attacked kangaroos will sometimes get in the water and try to drown their predator.