Kangaroo hopping lying on dry grassland

Red kangaroo

Red kangaroos are iconic symbols of the Australian outback, and are the largest living marsupials. Their powerful giant hindquarters enable them to leap along, covering a monstrous nine metres in a single bound. Red kangaroos have the ability to breed whenever conditions are right and twins can occur when food is abundant. A newborn weighs a mere 0.75 grams, and takes three minutes to make its way through its mother’s fur into the pouch, where it spends the next 70 days.

Did you know?
A red kangaroo can cover more than 10 metres in a single leap.

Scientific name: Macropus rufus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Red kangaroo taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Red kangaroo can be found in a number of locations including: Australia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Red kangaroo distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Stable

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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