Kangaroo: The Most Characteristic Animal of the Australian Wildlife

Kangaroo is a marsupial from Australia that belongs to the family Macropodidae, which means “large foot”. About 50 different species are part of kangaroo family and their weight range from 0.5 to 90 kilograms. All female have a pouches in which the young kangaroo is raised. The Kangaroo is used as Australian National Symbol and as an icon for different brand.

KANGAROO: the most characteristic animal of the Australian wildlife.

Kangaroo is a marsupial mammal from the islands of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea. Although mainly species are native of Australia, a few of them are from South America.

Red Kangaroo. (image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo)

Kangaroos belong to the super family Macropodidae that means ‘large foot’. The super family is divided into the Macropodidae and the Potoroidae families.

The Macropodidae family includes Red Kangaroo, Grey Kangaroo, Antilopine, Kangaroo Wallabies, Wallaroos, Quokka, Pademelons, and Forest wallabies, while, the Potoroinae family includes many smaller species the Bettong, Potoroo, and Rat-kangaroo. 


Tammar Wallabies. (Image source: http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1290)


Kangaroos are herbivorous given that, they eat several plants. They vary greatly in size and weight, ranging from 0.5 kilograms to 90 kilograms.

All Kangaroo species have a distinctive feature from other animals in their long feet and powerful back legs and the typical way they hop on their strong back legs, moreover, they use the tail to balance themselves while hopping.

All female possess a front-opening pouches with four nipples, in which the young kangaroo, is raised until it can survive outside the pouch.


Female Eastern Grey Kangaroo with joey. (image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo)


These marsupials live in a diversity of habitats, for example, Potoroids make nests, while tree-kangaroos live above ground in trees. Larger species of kangaroo have a propensity to refuge under trees or in caves and rock clefts.


Most kangaroos are able to breed all year round since have no set breeding cycle. A kangaroo population can increase fourfold in five years, as they are such prolific breeders, the only problem could be lack of food and water.


1. In the Australian desert there is not car speed limit. It is very harmful for kangaroos, since they can reach speeds of around 50 km/h (31 mph) and are quite heavy, the force of impact with a vehicle can be severe. A collision with a car is able of killing kangaroo and its occupants. As a consequence, “kangaroo crossing” signs are frequent in Australia.

Kangaroo crossing sign and a kangaroo crossing a highway in Australia. (image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo)

2. The Kangaroo is used as Australian National Symbol and as an icon for different brand, including Qantas, the Australia’s national airline.  

Quantas airplane. (image source: http://www.qantas.com.au/fflyer/dyn/program/welcome)

3. Kangaroo meat contains very little saturated fat relative to other meats and is high in protein, iron and zinc. Kangaroos have been hunted from Australia’s Indigenous peoples for both the meat and the skins. Nowadays, Kangaroo skins and furs are exported to a large number of markets in Europe, the USA and Asia.

Kangaroo steak. (image source: www.ezycook.com/meat_kangaroo.html)

4. Kangaroos have developed as element of the Australian ecosystem and, with their soft feet, cause no environmental degradation when they are at natural population levels. However, kangaroo populations have increased considerably due to the use of European farming methods.

Kangaroos in the bush. (image source: www.sydney-australia.biz/victoria/gippsland/)

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27 Responses to “Kangaroo: The Most Characteristic Animal of the Australian Wildlife”
  1. carla Says...

    On July 7, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Hi your article is very interesting!! I’d really would like to see real kangaroos!

  2. Ann Says...

    On July 7, 2009 at 11:26 am

    The image of the joey in the pouche is very tender!!!!

  3. Sam Says...

    On July 7, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Well….. I haven’t evar thought about eating kangaroo meat…it sounds strange but seems good!!!!

  4. Frank Says...

    On July 8, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Very interesting!!!

  5. Carla Says...

    On July 8, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Great animals, I love them!!!

  6. Nis Says...

    On July 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Hi, I like your article about kangaroo!

  7. mary Says...

    On July 9, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Well…if it not easy going to Australia, we can read something about its animal.

  8. MANOLO Says...

    On July 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I think that you should write about all marsupials…

  9. carla soho Says...

    On July 12, 2009 at 5:26 am

    great article!!!

  10. jim Says...

    On July 12, 2009 at 5:32 am

    very tender aninals!!!

  11. carla soho Says...

    On July 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I like Australiaan animals!!

  12. son Says...

    On July 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Good work!

  13. Luis Says...

    On July 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Hi, I like it.

  14. Dory Says...

    On July 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I have been to Australia. Very strange animals…

  15. OhSugar Says...

    On July 13, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I really didn’t know people ate their meat. Great article with great pictures.

  16. Beth Suess Says...

    On July 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    thanks everybody for the nice comments

  17. Joie Schmidt Says...

    On July 15, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I love Kangaroos!



    -Liane Schmidt.

  18. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On July 19, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Interesting information,

  19. PhoenixRox Says...

    On July 24, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Great job on the article! I would love to see kangroos. I love both the information and the images that you have used to back the information.Thanks for sharing! :)

  20. friendshipter Says...

    On July 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Good article. However.. how awful pooching them for fur and meat. Thats disgusting. Thank you for sharing :-)

  21. carla soho Says...

    On August 28, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Very interesting article! thanks for sharing!

  22. Francois Hagnere Says...

    On August 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    A magnificent article. Thank you so much.

  23. LoveDoctor Says...

    On September 18, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Great informative article with illustrations. I love animals and have always liked kangaroos. What I like about them is how they carry their baby kangaroos in their pouch and sort of hop.

  24. Jane Jane Says...

    On September 23, 2009 at 9:05 am

    learned a lot from you.=)

  25. skullouses Says...

    On May 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    ann is very fat!!! u disgusting hor

  26. skulloesus Says...

    On May 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    u stupid ppl comenting ur luzers!!!

  27. `Courtney Hannah Says...

    On February 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I’m researching about KANGAROOS.

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