Red Kangaroo
Red Kangaroo - photo by Joe Wells

Red kangaroo

Osphranter rufus

At the Detroit Zoo
The Australian Outback Adventure is home to a mob of seven 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.


Red kangaroos are the world’s largest marsupials. The male red kangaroo’s fur is a reddish-brown color. Females are also reddish-brown but their coats have a blue tint, giving them the nickname “blue flier”. They use their strong, large tails to help balance while hopping and sitting. Their short forearms are used for balance while moving. Females have pouches on their abdomens which are used to raise their 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