Learning about the Australian Kangaroo
Kangaroos are one of Australia's most loved animals. They are not often seen in the city outside of animal parks and usually live in the Australian outback.
While they look very cute, even graceful when they are jumping, they can also be dangerous. Kangaroos are very strong and occasionally aggressive. They are considered endangered although their numbers have increased in recent years.
This page is full of facts, photos, songs and links for help you find out more about these amazing Australian animals.
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Kangaroos can not walk backwards
10 facts about Kangaroos
- Kangaroos can weigh between 1 and 90 kilograms
- There are more than 60 different species of Kangaroo
- Kangaroos are mostly nocturnal - they are usually seen at dawn and dusk
- A baby Kangaroo is called a Joey and lives in its mothers pouch until it is between 7 and 8 months old
- The Kangaroos features on a $1 coin and the Australian coat of arms
- Red kangaroos can grow up to 6 feet tall
- A newborn kangaroo has no eyes or ears - these develop later when it is in the mothers pouch
- A group of Kangaroos is known as a mob
- Kangaroos use their tails to balance
- Most Kangaroos live between 5-8 years but they can grow to over 20 years
A sleepy sunbathing Kangaroo
Want to know more about Kangaroos?
From story books featuring Kangaroos to books chock full of kangaroo facts why not try one of these.
The Kangaroo Song
Kangaroos are most active at dawn and dusk. Drivers need to be extra careful on highways at these times so they don't hit them.
Color a Kangaroo - Color Australia's favorite animal
Most Australians first see Kangaroos in a zoo
Not sure what that song was all about?
Check out this page that gives the lyrics and explains the meaning of this song.
Read a kangaroo book - by best loved children's author Eric Carle
This beautifully illustrated book about baby animals and their mothers will make a lovely gift for any child.
Kangaroo Lesson Plans - Teaching and learning about Kangaroos
- Kangaroo Dreamtime Story
A traditional Aboriginal dream-time story about Bohra The Kangaroo
- How the Kangaroo got it's pouch
A language arts lesson about the legend behind the Kangaroo's pouch for children 6-9 years
- Big Red Kangaroo
A PBS show about Australia's red kangaroo. Understanding how they survive in the outback, a fun boxing kangaroo game and more.
- Kangaroos and Wallaby Facts
Fact sheets on Kangaroos and Wallabies detailing where kangaroos live and the threats they face.
- Kangaroo Quiz
Information and quiz page with good diagram
- Red Kangaroos
All about Red Kangaroos from the National Wildlife Federation.
- Kangaroos and their relatives
Information about all species in the Kangaroo family
- Kangaroo Characteristics
Tables of details about kangaroos and their habitat
Watch a Kangaroo being born
At Pebbly Beach in NSW you can see kangaroos relaxing on the beach
This GUND stuffed Kangaroo is a beautiful gift. It is made from high quality materials as expected with this brand. The baby joey can be removed from the pouch which is not always a feature of mother and joey stuffed toys.
Photo credit: By Dellex via Wikimedia Commons
The Kangaroo is a symbol of Australia. The Boxing Kangaroo flag is often see at sporting events.