2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Skippy, the famous Kangaroo from an Australian TV show in the 1960's and 70's - so today we're celebrating Australia's most iconic animal: the Kangaroo!
Kangaroos are the largest marsupial on earth, known for their long muscular tail and ability to bounce around on their large hind legs. There are three main Kangaroo species in Australia:
The eastern grey Kangaroo is found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Known for their soft grey coat, Grey Kangaroo's can weigh up to 66 kg and stand up to 2 meters tall.
The western grey Kangaroo is found in South Australia and Western Australia, and is distinguished from the eastern grey by its darker grey-brown fur and head.
The red Kangaroo can be found across central and western Australia and have short red-brown coloured fur. Male red Kangaroo's can weigh up to 90 kg and measure 1.6 meters plus a tail of up to 1.2 meters long!
Kangaroo's are mainly nocturnal and most often seen early in the morning, or at dusk - they live in groups called 'mobs' and rest in the shade during the day, grazing on grasses and shrubs.
A baby kangaroo is born blind and hairless, and climbs its way into its mothers pouch after it is born. There, it feeds and continues to grow for another 200 days before leaving the pouch for the first time.
Kangaroo crossing road signs can be found all around Australia, warning drivers to lookout for these large marsupials as they're known to leap in front of cars and quickly become startled by headlights and engine noise.
The Kangaroo, like all Australian wildlife, is protected by law but kangaroo meat and products can be purchased and are a byproduct of population control programs.
Celebrate these iconic Aussie animals with our huge range of Kangaroo inspired gifts and souvenirs including Kangaroo tea towels, Kangaroo wooden decorations, kangaroo soft toys, kangaroo tote bags, kangaroo magnets, kangaroo bookmarks and lots more... Shop now!