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Kobe, is a Red Kangaroo who came to us at a year old, in August 2020. He was confiscated by Fish & Wildlife from a private owner who had purchased him illegally, and was then given to us. Kobe is a very gregarious, outgoing youngster that lives with our other red kangaroo, Bella. We let him out of the enclosure daily so that he may roam about our compound for a couple of hours at his leisure. He and Bella are never far apart, even when they are exploring the compound.  One of the most exhilarating and exciting things we get to witness is when the two of them decide to hop as fast as they can around our facility. It is quite amazing to see how long they can jump and how fast they are – it is as much fun for us as it is for them.


ORDER: Diprodontia       
FAMILY: Macropodidae    
GENUS: Osphranter         
SPECIES: Rufus  

Kangaroos are iconic symbols of Australia. The red kangaroo is the largest marsupial alive today. The male stand 6 feet tall on his tip toes, the female 4 feet. He is the protector, and she is the nurturer. They live in a mob or group of about 10 animals most of which are female and joeys. There is only 1 jack and maybe a few immature young males. They are grassland grazers and prefer dawn and dusk due to favorable temperatures. Kangaroos can jump 6 feet high but their real strength is in the long jump, which can be 30 feet. Kangaroos are the only large mammal to hop as their main form of locomotion. They breed year round and the female is pregnant for only 32 to 34 days. The baby is born the size of a pinto bean, blind and no back legs. It follows a scent path to mamas’ pouch, finds a milk source and latches on for about 70 days. The joey will start to take short excursions from the pouch at about 5 months old. Mama will nurse the baby for a year but at 8 months the baby is ready to join the family group outside the pouch. Females mature at different times depending on drought. In good water years they start breeding around 18 months but during drought they will wait sometimes up to 5 years of age.


The biggest threat to kangaroos is humans. Though they bring in great revenue for Australia, some think of them as pests or hunt them for their meat and leather.

Conservation Status

LC - Least Concern

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