Red Kangaroo

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Kangaroos are native Australian mammals

The scientific name for a red kangaroo is Macropus Rufus. It has a large tail, strong back legs and long feet. Adult males are about twice the size of adult females and only females have pouches.


They live in dry deserts and scrublands in Central Australia.


Dingos hunt red kangaroos and a wedge-tailed eagle may catch a joey.


When the joey is born and climbs into their mother’s pouch it drinks milk to grow. At five months old he sticks his head out.


Red kangaroos eat green leaves and shoots.


Kangaroos are at risk of dying from poisonous baits and hunters.


Even though tourists think that kangaroos hop down the main road in Sydney, if people keep hunting there won’t be any hopping in the bush either.