Kangaroos are marsupials that are found in Australia and some islands surrounding that continent. Their Latin name, Macropod, literally translates to big(macro) foot(pod). They get this name due to their large feet which play a large roll in the method of moving. Kangaroos move around by hopping. They use their large feet, as well as some specialized tendons, to produce a great amount of force. Kangaroos are such excellent hoppers that they can reach speeds of 55 mph. While going these speeds their foot only touches the ground about every 40 feet or so. Today there are currently around 60 species of kangaroo. The Kangaroo Conservation Center is proud to be assisting with the conservation of six of those species at our facilities.
Above are links to information on the six species of kangaroo that we have at our center. Simply select one to learn more about them.