What do you know about kangaroos? You might know that they carry their young in pouches or that they are from Australia, but did you know that there are four different species or that they are extremely social animals? Here are 10 facts you might not have known about kangaroos and where you can find them at Busch Gardens Tampa:
They Are Marsupials
Kangaroos are marsupial animals and are found in Australia as well as New Guinea.
There are More Than One Species
There are four different species of kangaroos - The Red Kangaroo, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Western Grey Kangaroo and Antilopine Kangaroo.
The Red Kangaroo is the Largest
The length from the Red Kangaroo’s head to its rump is 3.25 to 5.25 feet long. It’s tail adds another 35.5 to 43.5 inches. A Red Kangaroo weighs around 200 pounds.
They Can Jump Really Far
We all know a kangaroo can jump but just how far can they go? A Whopping 30 feet and 10 feet in height! While jumping a kangaroo can reach a speed of 35 miles per hour.
They are Herbivores
Kangaroos eat grasses, flowers, leaves, ferns, moss and even insects. They also regurgitate their food and chew it before it is ready to be digested. Because of the high water in the foods they are eating they rarely drink water.
They Live a Semi-Long Time
The average lifespan of a kangaroo in the wild is eight to 12 years and up to 20 years in captivity.
They Carry Their Young in a Pouch
We’ve all seen pictures of kangaroos carrying their babies in their pouches. Female kangaroos are pregnant for 21 to 38 days and can give birth to one young, but sometimes, depending on species up to four. Baby kangaroos are known as “joeys.” When a joey is born it is guided into its mother’s pouch, where it gestates for another 120 to 450 days.
They are Social
They like to hang out together and live in groups called a mob, a herd or a troop.
They Take Over Australia
There are More Kangaroos than Humans in Australia. They are the national symbol of Australia and appear on postage stamps, coins and aeroplanes.
They Can Be Aggressive
Kangaroos fight within the group for dominance. They can also attack non-kangaroo species. They use their short front limbs with sharp claws and strong hind legs to fight. The kangaroo has a few predators including the dingo, foxes and eagles, most of which only hunt baby kangaroos. When being attacked kangaroos will sometimes get in the water and try to drown their predator.
Meet the macropod family of Kangaroos at Walkabout Way at Busch Gardens Tampa. The area is also home to Wallabies and Wallaroos.