KangaroosKangaroos are marsupial mammals, meaning, they are warm-blooded animals who raise their offspring in a pouch on the mother’s tummy.

Kangaroos are native to Australia where most marsupials live. 

Kangaroos are divided into red and gray species.  Red kangaroos thrive in the desert regions of the continent; gray kangaroos range in the grassy forests of Eastern and Western Australia.

Male kangaroos are called bucks.  Female kangaroos are called does.  Young kangaroos are famously referred to as joeys.

Joeys grow up in the mother’s pouch living on milk.  As they grow, they begin to munch a bit of grass jumping in and out of the pouch.

By ten months old, joeys are forced out of the pouch; however, they may still nurse.

A male kangaroo typically grows to weigh roughly 170 pounds; female, being smaller, weigh in less.

Kangaroos are famous for their strong hind legs on which they hop from place to place.

The kangaroo’s long tail helps the animal maintain balance while hopping.

All kangaroos are herbivores-grass-eaters.

Essentially peaceful animals, kangaroos are notorious kickers when it comes to defending themselves.

Humans and Australian wild dogs-dingoes-are the kangaroos’ main predators. 

When kangaroos travel together they are termed as a mob.

While numbers of kangaroos reached severe lows in some years past, their populations are now looked after by the Australian government who regulates how many may be hunted from area to area.