Kangaroo, a mammal native to Australia and nearby islands and introduced into New Zealand. The kangaroo is a marsupial —the female has an abdominal pouch (marsupium) in which it suckles and carries its young. There are more than 50 species of kangaroos.

KangaroosKangaroos run by hopping with their powerful hind legs and feet.
Are There Different Types of Kangaroos?

The two main types are red kangaroos and gray kangaroos. Red kangaroos are the largest marsupials in the world. The males have bright coats of thick, red fur. Females are slightly smaller than the adult males. Their coats have some red, but they are mostly smoky blue. As you might have guessed, gray kangaroos have gray fur. Sometimes it looks more like silver. Of all the marsupials, kangaroos have the largest pouches.

Kangaroos have small, furry heads and pointed snouts. They can turn their long ears from front to back to follow sounds. This helps them listen for danger.

Kangaroos have huge back feet and tiny front feet. It’s not easy for them to move those huge back legs and feet one at a time. So, they don’t run on all four legs the way most animals do. Instead, they run by hopping around, using both of their powerful hind legs and feet.