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Kangaroos are one of Australia's major tourist attractions and are marsupials. There are around 50 species of kangaroos; Mentioned here are some of the species: Grey Kangaroo, Red Kangaroo, Wallaroo, Parma Wallaby, Whiptail Wallaby, Brush-Tailed Rock Wallaby, Red-Necked Pademelon, Quokka, Tree Kangaroo, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Western Grey Kangaroo, and the Musky Rat Kangaroo.

The smallest kangaroo is the Musky Rat Kangaroo weighing 0.5kg, the largest is the Red Kangaroo weighing up to an average of 90kg. The males of the larger species are bigger than the females. Kangaroos mainly eat grasses, low-growing plants and shoots of bushes, can live up to 20 years in the wild and 28 years in captivity.

The Red Kangaroo can jump up to 12.8 metres. Some species of kangaroos are threatened by extinction. The Grey Kangaroos can travel at around 50kph in jumps of up to 4m. The young are called joeys. Kangaroos have powerful hind legs and a strong tail which helps to keep their balance when moving and is also used as a prop when kicking with their hind legs.



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