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Red Kangaroo - Karin, Vonnie & Tazzie
Macropus rufus
Range: Central Australia
Habitat:  Shrubland, scrubland, grassland and desert.
Diet: Mostly plant food-grasses, leaves, seeds, fruit, also some insects. At the zoo they eat fruits, vegetables, pellets and leaf eater biscuits.
Fun Facts:
  • They are native to a region of Australia where average rainfall is less than 20 inches per year.
  • Red kangaroos are the largest marsupials on the planet.
  • Groups of red kangaroos are called mobs and there are typically 10 in a mob. 
  • Macropus means "big foot" in Latin.
  • They are the largest mammals to hop on both feet.
  • At full speed, large kangaroos can travel over 35 mph.
  • Kangaroos don't only hop, they also crawl on all fours when moving slowly.
  • In the wild their lifespan is 12-18 years.
  • At birth juveniles are tiny, only measuring 5-15mm (.2-.6in).
   

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