Monday 23 September, 2019

Red Kangaroos arrive at Emperor Valley Zoo

Photo courtesy the Emperor Valley Zoo.

Photo courtesy the Emperor Valley Zoo.

The Emperor Valley Zoo has welcomed several new additions, four Red Kangaroos.

Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries said in a social media post on Friday that the animals were bred and raised in captivity and brought for the purpose of research and education. 

"Newest additions to the Emperor Valley Zoo! The Red Kangaroos are here! These two 2-year old males and two 18-month old females are from a line of red kangaroos bred and raised in captivity in the US for the purpose of research and education. Red kangaroos mature at age 4 when their standing height would be about 6 feet (males) and 5 feet (females). The history, physical structure, reproduction and other aspects of kangaroos (marsupials) are an important part of education and research, and these kangaroos are available to local veterinarian students and anyone else with an interest in marsupials," he said. 

 

About Red Kangaroos

The red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) is the largest of all kangaroos, the largest terrestrial mammal native to Australia, and the largest extant marsupial. It is found across mainland Australia, avoiding only the more fertile areas in the south, the east coast, and the northern rainforests.

Red Kangaroo’s can be distinguished from other species of kangaroos by the black and white patches on their cheeks and the broad white stripe that extends from the corner of the mouth to ear. Male Red Kangaroos are double the body weight of females and can weigh up to 92kg while the females can weigh up to 39kg.

Red Kangaroos are herbivores, primarily grazing on grasses but also eat forbs and leaves of shrubs. The Red Kangaroo has the ability to survive when water is scarce.

The herbage and foliage that the Kangaroo eats provides them with their water needs as well as their nutritional requirements. In times of drought, Red Kangaroo populations can suffer as their food supplies diminish.

The abundance of food is a determining factor in the Red Kangaroo life cycle.

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