Kangaroo Facts

Here are some fascinating Kangaroo Facts that I'm sure you will love.

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  • There are over 40 different species of Kangaroos (over 60 species of kangaroos when you include wallabies etc)
  • They live 8-12 years in the wild but can live up to 20 years when in captivity.
  • Another of the interesting Kangaroo facts is that it is estimated that there are 26 million kangaroos in Australia

  • The largest Kangaroo is the Red Kangaroo. It’s taller than a man and can weigh up to 90 kilos
  • They can hop at up to 60km/h
  • It can jump about 9 metres along the ground.
  • When a kangaroo is moving slowly, it uses it’s tail as a fifth leg. When it is hopping it uses it to steer and balance
  • They have excellent eyesight but only respond to moving objects. It’s best to stand still and observe them when you are near. They also have excellent hearing and can swivel their ears in all directions.



  • They have more than one stomach like cattle do. This means they chew the grass and then regurgitate it before it’s finally digested.
  • It needs very little water to survive. It can go months without water

  • They fight by punching its opponent with its front paws or kicking them with its back legs.

  • They are social animals and like to group together. They hang out together in groups of at least two or three but could be as many as 100.
  • Here is one of the more unusual Kangaroo Facts. The Western Grey Male Kangaroos are known as Stinkers because they smell of curry. They are also very vocal with the Mums communicating to the baby joey through a series of clicks.

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