Hop over to Walkabout Way to hand-feed Busch Gardens’ mob of kangaroos! These large, muscular animals are known for their long, broad feet that allow them to hop and their long thick tails to help them to balance.
Members of the kangaroo clan, wallabies, are found primarily in Australia and nearby islands. There are a variety of wallaby species but all wallabies are marsupials (pouched mammals), and like their kangaroo cousins, young wallabies are called joeys. Wallabies have powerful hind legs they use for jumping at high speeds and great distances, as well as for delivering powerful kicks to predators or male challengers. Being herbivores, a wallaby’s diet mostly consists of grasses and plants.
Another cousin to the kangaroo and wallabies, wallaroos are a powerfully built rock kangaroo. They can be found in the mountainous pastures of eastern Australia, from Victoria to Queensland. By living in the rocky parts of Australia, wallaroos are very agile and have furry pads on their feet that are good for rock climbing. Wallaroos prefer to be solitary, but will occasionally come together at preferred spots for feeding, water, or shade.
Ask an Educator about KangaroosExpand All
How are baby kangaroos born?
Kangaroos usually give birth to one offspring, or joey, after a gestation period of only 31 days. The joey climbs from the birth canal to the pouch and lives there for approximately eight and a half months.
What do kangaroos eat?
A kangaroo’s diet consists of grasses, flowers, leaves, ferns moss and even insects.
Are kangaroos mammals?
Kangaroos are a sub-type of mammal called marsupials. All marsupial females have a pouch that contains mammary glands where their young live until they are old enough to emerge.