Red Kangaroo Fact Sheet

Class: Mammalia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Macropus
Species: rufus
Life span: Average 8 years in the wild; up to 25 years under human care
Gestation: Young are born 33 days after mating, and spend a year in the pouch before weaning.

Number of young at birth:

Usually only one at a time
Size: Male red kangaroo can be over 6 ft when standing.

Male red kangaroo, up to 200 lbs


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  • Red kangaroos are the largest species of kangaroo
  • Often found on the open plains of inland Australia and can live on very little water
  • Males appear maroon with a white face and belly in color
  • Females are bluish gray in color and are smaller and faster than the males. (can reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour)
  • Male kangaroos grow steadily bigger and stronger throughout their lives
  • A female kangaroo is called a doe, flyer, jill or roo; a male is called a buck, boomer, jack or old man.
  • Kangaroos cannot walk backward
  • A mother kangaroo can produce milk of two different types to feed two different babies at the same time. One that has emerged from the pouch but is still nursing and a newborn.