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Red Kangaroo
(Macropus rufus)

The ‘Red Kangaroo’ is the largest living marsupial in the world, with the male ‘Red’ weighing up to 85 kg. The official symbol of Australia, they are commonly found throughout central Australia, preferring to graze on open plains country rather than rocky hills. They are marvellously adapted to life in the arid region, existing in small numbers, unlike western Queensland and New South Wales, where they can be found in large mobs.

The male Red Kangaroo is rusty red in colour, while the female is actually a blue grey colour and is often mistaken for a Grey Kangaroo.

Other features of a Red Kangaroo are the boxed shape head, white stripes on the sides of the muzzle, long pointed ears and heavy eyelids. The tail on a Red is light in colour to the rest of the body.

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Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) - Alice Springs Desert Park

Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) - Alice Springs Desert Park

Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) - Alice Springs Desert Park

 
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