Adopt-an-Animal: Red Kangaroo
Your Adopt-an-Animal donation will be used to support these hopping herbivores and further the San Francisco Zoological Society’s mission to connect people to wildlife, inspire caring for nature, and advance conservation action.
Red kangaroos are sociable animals, and are often found in small groups of 2-10 individuals, called “mobs.” The male’s coloring closely resembles the red soil of the Australian desert outback, giving them natural camouflage. Male red kangaroos are called “boomers,” females “blue flyers” because of their blue-grey back fur and babies are called “joeys.” Like other newborn marsupials, when a red kangaroo is born, it is the size of a nickel. The baby then crawls into the mother’s pouch to drink milk and grow for another six to seven months until it is ready to come out into the world. Red kangaroos can reach speeds of 35-40 mph; they can hop up to 6 feet high and 25 feet long. When a kangaroo hops, the tail balances the weight of the body and keeps the animal from falling forward.