The kangaroo family is divided into three groups — small kangaroos (kangaroo rats), medium size (Wallaby), and large. Large kangaroos, in turn, are divided into three types. The largest is the red kangaroo. Somewhat inferior in size to the red kangaroo — grey, or timber, kangaroo. And third — wallaroo, or mountain, kangaroo.
Grey, or timber, kangaroo.
Wallaroo, or mountain, kangaroo.
Kangaroos live only in Australia and on the neighbouring continent of Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Western Guinea, Tasmania and the Bismarck archipelago. But the natural habitat of different species is absolutely different.
The kangaroo has powerful back legs, massive tail, narrow shoulders, little similar to human hands, forepaws with which kangaroos dig up the tubers and roots.Kangaroos jump up to 12 m in length and up to 3 m in height. Body weight is 80 kg.
The kangaroo is the simbol of Australia. We can see it on the coast of arms of Australia, Western Australia,New South Wales, Victoria and Northern Territory.
Coast of arms of Australia.
Coast of arms of Western Australia.
Coast of arms of New South Wales.
Coast of arms of Victoria.
Coast of arms of Northern Territory.
- In Australia the number of kangaroos in 2.5 times more the number of people. The kangaroo population is 57 million, Australia's population is 24 million people.
- History – the myth of the appearance of the name "kangaroo". James Сook, landed on the coast of Australia, saw a strange animal. Tall as a man and jumped. To the question : “What is this animal?”, the leader of a local tribe said, “I don't understand” that Сook sounded like “kangaroo”.
- Kangaroo drinks little: can live without water for several months
Australian people wrote a "Kangaroo song".
The Kangaroo Song