Grey kangaroo herd in a meadow

Kangaroos and wallabies

This family of marsupials includes the kangaroos, tree kangaroos, wallabies and quokka. When they need to move quickly, they adopt a bipedal hopping gait and use their tail for balance.

Scientific name: Macropodidae

Rank: Family

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Map showing the distribution of the Kangaroos and wallabies taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

When they lived

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