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Red Kangaroo
Status Low Risk
Diet Herbivore
Habitat
Fame
To unlock the red kangaroo in challenge or campaign games, you must earn a 2-star zoo fame rating for your zoo.

Description

  • The red kangaroo is among the largest members of the kangaroo family. Kangaroo is the common name for a group of mammals found in Australia and neighboring islands. Kangaroos are marsupials, a type of mammal that gives birth to undeveloped young. In kangaroos and many other marsupials, the young are carried and nurtured in a special pouch on the mother's body.
  • In Australia, the red kangaroo, Macropus rufus, has increased in numbers in response to people. Sheep ranchers favor this largest of the continent's native mammals by converting woodlands to grassland, providing sources of permanent water, and fencing out or killing the dingo. Even though it may be persecuted by these same ranchers as a competitor of their livestock, the red kangaroo has benefited overall, and its population stands in the millions.

Fun Facts

  • A large kangaroo can travel up to 16 ft (5 m) in a single leap.
  • When fighting, a larger kangaroo balances on its tail, grabs its rival with its forearms, and kicks with its hind legs.
  • When in danger, kangaroos beat the ground with their back feet.

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