Kangaroos are pretty cool animals, even though they might look a little strange and rather different to other animals. Kangaroos don’t walk, oh no, they jump everywhere! Let’s find out some cool facts about these awesome animals.
Kangaroos’ bodies are designed for jumping! They have short front legs, powerful back legs, huge back feet and strong tails. All of these help them to jump around and their tail balances them.
Kangaroos come from a family of animals called macropods, which means ‘large foot’. Their big feet help them with all that leaping around!
Kangaroos are the biggest macropods. Other macropods are wallabies (the smallest) and wallaroos, who are in between wallabies and kangaroos in size.
Kangaroos stand between five and six feet (1.5 meters to 1.8 meters) tall from their feet to their long, pointed ears.
They weigh between 50 and 120 pounds (23 kilograms to 55 kilograms). Male kangaroos are taller and heavier than female kangaroos.
Baby kangaroos are called joeys. How cute is that?
Female kangaroos usually only have one joey at a time. Mother kangaroos have special pouches on the fronts of their bodies for carrying their joeys in.
Straight after they’ve been born, the tiny joey climbs up its mother’s fur to reach her pouch.
At this stage the joey really is tiny; just a few centimeters long. The joey then stays in its mother’s pouch for around 8 months until it is old enough to leap around on its own!
Kangaroos are fast movers, usually travelling at around 20 to 25 miles (32 to 40 kilometers) per hour. However, when necessary, kangaroos can travel at 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour! That’s pretty fast!
Kangaroos are brilliant jumpers, and can leap as high as 10 feet (3 meters). That’s much taller than a fully grown man! They’re good at long jumps too, and have been recorded leaping distances of 23 feet (7 meters). If three tall men lay down in a line, a kangaroo could jump over all of them. That is a seriously big long jump.
Kangaroos live in Australia. Different types of kangaroos live in different parts of Australia. Some kangaroos live in rainforests, some live in forests and some live in woodlands. Some make their homes on the floor and some make their homes in trees!
There are more than 30 million kangaroos currently living in Australia. That’s a lot of kangaroos! There are road signs in Australia warning drivers of kangaroos in the road.
Kangaroos live with other kangaroos in groups. These groups are called mobs. A mob is made up of males, females and joeys. The largest male kangaroo is the leader of the mob.
Have you ever heard that kangaroo’s box? Sounds quite unreal doesn’t it. But it’s actually true, they do really box. It wouldn’t be cool to get in a boxing match with them. Male kangaroos fight to decide which kangaroo is the toughest. The female kangaroos prefer to have babies with the strongest male kangaroo because it means their babies are likely to grow up big and strong too.
When kangaroos box, they hold each other with their front legs and kick each other with their powerful hind legs. Kangaroos can balance on their strong tails and use both hind legs to kick their opponents at the same time. Wow, they really are strong and tough animals!
Now you know all about kangaroos. Do you have any other facts to share with us?