Interesting Kangaroo Facts

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We found 20 interesting facts about kangaroos

Kangaroos are very characteristic animals of Australia and Oceania.

They are a symbol of Australia, often appearing on postage stamps or in the logos of local companies. They take great care of their offspring and herd members. Read the interesting facts about kangaroos that we have collected.

1

There are four species of kangaroos.

These are: red kangaroo, giant kangaroo, gray kangaroo and antelope kangaroo.

2

Kangaroos are one of the most numerous large mammals in the world, with a population ranging from 25 to 50 million.

3

Kangaroos are marsupials.

This means that they carry their offspring in a special bag located on their belly.

4

In nature, they are found only in Australia, New Guinea and neighboring islands.

5

Kangaroos are characterized by muscular, large and strong legs.

They have large legs that allow them to jump long distances. Their long, muscular tail helps them stabilize their body.

6

The size of kangaroos varies greatly depending on the species.

There are species whose body weight does not exceed 1 kg, as well as giant red kangaroos weighing more than 80 kg, and giant kangaroos that grow up to 2 m in height.

7

Kangaroos are herbivores.

They feed on grass, flowers, leaves, ferns and sometimes insects.

8

Kangaroo pregnancy lasts from 21 to 38 days.

A maximum of 4 kangaroo babies can be born in one litter. Newborn kangaroos measure approximately 2,5 centimeters.

9

Kangaroos have excellent hearing.

They can move their ears independently and in different directions to detect a sound source that interests them.

10

Kangaroos can move at a speed of 60 km/h.

The main method of movement of these mammals is jumping. A running kangaroo can jump 8 meters in one bound.

11

They make many sounds, some to communicate, others to scare away predators.

Worried kangaroos hiss and growl. Females, in turn, make clicking sounds to communicate with their young. During courtship, you can hear the specific giggling of females.

12

They are sociable and form groups.

We call this group a herd or troop. Animals within a group guard each other and protect each other from danger.

13

Most kangaroos are nocturnal, but there are species that are active in the late afternoon and early morning.

In general, we can say that the daily cycle of these animals is very irregular. Even typically nocturnal species can often be spotted wandering around in the midday sun.

14

Kangaroos don't have many natural enemies.

Their biggest threat was the Tasmanian direwolf, which became extinct in the XNUMXs. Currently, the main threats to small kangaroos are dingoes and Australian eagles.

15

In the wild, kangaroos live up to 6 years.

In captivity, where they are not exposed to predators, they can reach an age of more than 20 years.

16

Kangaroos have been a food source for indigenous peoples for tens of thousands of years.

Kangaroo meat has a high protein content and only 2% fat, and is also rich in conjugated linoleic acid and a number of vitamins and minerals.

17

Meat is obtained only during hunting.

This method of population control is considered one of the best. Instead of killing and abandoning the caught pests (kangaroos can poison the lives of farmers), they are hunted by specially trained, certified hunters who have a very clearly formulated labor code.

18

Kangaroos cannot move backwards.

For this reason they are included in the Australian coat of arms. An animal that can only move forward is a symbol of national progress.

19

The red kangaroo is the youngest species of all kangaroos.

It is not found in the fossil record from 2 million years ago, so it can be assumed that it originated in the Pleistocene.

20

On hot days, kangaroos lick their hands.

Wet fur begins to evaporate saliva, and the steam increases the amount of heat removed from the body.

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