Facts about this animal
The red kangaroo is the largest living marsupial in the world. The males can stand over 2 m tall and weigh up to 90 kg. Females are less than half the size and weigh 20-40 kg. Red kangaroos continue to grow throughout most of their life.
The dominant fur colour among males is usually pinkish brown to deep rusty red, but sometimes they are bluish or reddish grey. Underside, hindlegs, forearms and tail tip are lighter than the rest of the body, but their toes and paws are dark. Females most often have blue grey fur.
The red kangaroo has very distinctive white patches with back spots and lines on the sides of the nose, and a wide stripe runs from the corner of the mouth up to the base of each ear. The nose tip is weel defined, V-shaped, hairless and blackish-grey with a grainy texture.
Did you know?
that when the Europeans first arrived in Australia, the red kangaroo was the biggest mammal on the continent? With the settlers came foreign species that pushed the kangaroo down the list to rank 13 behind introduced camels, buffalos, bantengs, cattle, horses, donkeys, pigs and several species of deer.
|Name (Scientific)||Macropus rufus|
|Name (English)||Red Kangaroo|
|Name (French)||Kangourou roux|
|Name (German)||Rotes Riesenkänguru|
|Name (Spanish)||Canguro rojo|
|Local names||Female: blue-flyer|
|CITES Status||Not listed|
|CMS Status||Not listed|
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|Range||Australia: widely distributed in the dry inland of the central part of the continent|
|Habitat||Grasslands, mallee, saltbush, mulga, open forest, desert|
|Wild population||8,542,148 (2010) (Department of Sustainability , Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australian Goverment)|
|Zoo population||954 reported to ISIS (2008)|
In the Zoo
How this animal should be transported
For air transport, Container Note 83 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.
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Why do zoos keep this animal
The red, like other large kangaroos is a very popular species and therefore serves as ambassador of the Australian fauna.
Red kangaroos carrying joeys in their pouches are a typical model for the marsupial type of reproduction, i.e. keeping them has also an educational function.
The red is also a species which can be displayed in "Walk-thru" exhibits, allowing for close encounters between animals and people, although some caution may be exercised when it comes to large males.
Australian zoos also may come into the situation to keep red kangaroos for animal welfare reasons as they may accept and care for sick, injured or orphaned animals.