Red Kangaroo

Our Red Kangaroo, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Red Kangaroo (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Red Kangaroo Facts
Red Kangaroo
Macropus rufus

Type
Mammal
Life Span
15 years
Size
Females: 3.6 ft
Males: 6.5 ft
Average Weight
Females: 77 lbs
Males: 200+ lbs
Group Name
Mob
Group Size
25+
Name of Young
Joey

Our Red Kangaroo, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Red Kangaroos are the largest mammal living in Australia. They are also the largest species of marsupials. Marsupials are mammals whose young develop outside of the womb.
  • Female kangaroos are often pregnant and kangaroos breed year round. When a joey (baby kangaroo) leaves the pouch, another takes its place. This is because females have delayed birth or “embryonic diapause”.
  • Groups of kangaroos, called a mob, are led by a male. Males are called “boomers” The rest of the group members does (females) and joeys.
  • You will almost never see a kangaroo drinking water as a result of their crepuscular behavior. They are most active at dusk and dawn; the dew on the plants at these times of day provides them with water.
  • They are macropods. This means “big foot”.

Did You Know?

Kangaroos have a rather short gestation period of 33 days. The baby, which is the size of a jelly bean, then climbs up the mother’s belly and into her pouch. It stays there, feeding from a nipple inside, for 190 days.