Zoo Animals

Red Kangaroo
Red Kangaroo - photo by Joe Wells

Red kangaroo

Macropus rufus

At the Detroit Zoo
The Australian Outback Adventure is home to a mob of 16 red kangaroos and two red-necked wallabies. Visitors can get face-to-face with the marsupials from right inside their habitat, traveling along a winding path while the animals are free to bound and graze wherever they please.

The red kangaroo is the world’s largest marsupial. The male red kangaroo’s fur is a reddish-brown color. The female is also reddish-brown but her coat has a blue tint to it, giving her the nickname “blue flier”. It uses its strong, large tail to help balance while hopping and sitting. Its short forearms are used for balance while moving. The female has a pouch on her abdomen which is used to raise her young.

Fun Facts

  • The red kangaroo can reach speeds of up to 35 mph and can cover 25 feet per jump

  • A red kangaroo cannot jump or walk backwards due to its large hind legs and muscular tail

  • A group of kangaroos is called a mob