Zoological name: Kangaroos are placed into two families:
the Macropodidae (true kangaroos) and the Potoroidae (rat
kangaroos). The larger members in the family Macropodidae
are customarily called kangaroos and the smaller species are
known as wallabies. The examples are the red kangaroo
(Macropus rufus) and the swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor).
Distribution: They occur in Australia, New Guinea and nearby islands. Habitat: Their habitats include open forests, open plains, woodlands, rocky slopes and cliffs.
Physical features: The length of a large red kangaroo is about 9 ft and it weighs 90 kg. Hind limbs are larger and stronger than forelimbs. The second and third digits are reduced in size and are united together in a common sheath except for the claws. Limbs are adapted for jumping. The other characteristics include heavily built tail and compartrnental stomach like ruminants.