Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo

Scientific Name -Macropus rufus

Classification – Marsupial

Gender Names – Male – buck, boomer; Female – doe, flyer;  baby – Joey

Collective Noun – A troop or mob

Average Height – 150 cm (5 ft)

Average Length – 150 cm (5 ft)

Average Weight – 66 kg (145 lbs)

Speed – 56 km/h (35 mph)

Life Expectancy – 12 – 18 Years

 Mating Season – no particular season

Pregnancy – 30 – 42 days

Special Features –  red kangaroos are able to jump 9 metres (30 feet) in distance and 1.8 metres (6 feet) in height.


Red Kangaroos distribution on World MapFamily Unit
– They tend to be semi-nomadic and are led by an older male. When threatened, kangaroos will usually flee although they will fight when necessary. Red kangaroos generally rest during the midday and eat at night.

Geographical Distribution – Australia

World Population – 8 million approx

Conservation Status – Not Endangered

Natural Habitat – dry grassy plains

Diet – grass and other vegetation

Predators – the dingo and man

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Red Kangaroo. Available: http://www.naturalhistoryonthenet.com/Mammals/red_kangaroo.htm. Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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