Kangaroos are often spotted in our park and seen hopping about in the outback.
Here are some cools facts you might not know about these iconic Aussie marsupials.
- There are more than 50 million Kangaroos in Australia .
- Kangaroos can hop at 20 kilometres per hour and travel up to 40 kilometres in a night.
- Kangaroos usually only need to drink water every few days, getting most of the moisture they need from their food.
- Kangaroos are marsupials, meaning they carry their young in a pouch. The kangaroo joey spends about six to seven months attached to its mother’s teat.
- Kangaroos are herbivores and eat a wide variety of plants found in the outback.
- Kangaroo populations have been on the decline since European settlement, but they are still widespread across Australia.
- Kangaroos have a number of adaptations that allow them to survive in the desert.
- Kangaroos have a powerful tail that can balance them while standing upright.
- Kangaroos use their very strong back legs to jump with, reaching heights of 9 metres and covering up to 8 metres when they land.
- Kangaroo paws are covered with hard leathery skin to help them walk on hot sand in the Outback.
- Kangaroos also have big flat feet that act like snowshoes and keep them from sinking into the sands of the outback.
- Kangaroos can close their nostrils to stop dust getting in.
Kangaroos are amazing creatures that have adapted to the Australian Outback.
They often frequent the park. So be sure to bring your camera so you can capture a memorable snap of these beautiful animals.
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