Macropodidae – Kangaroos & wallabies

Leaping marsupials are characterized by long rear feet and small front legs

The second largest family of marsupials after Didelphidae, native to Australia, New Guinea, and nearby islands. To move quickly, these animals use bipedal hopping, where the animal takes off with a push from its hind limbs and uses its tail to balance itself.

These jumpers are mainly grazers and nocturnal, with some exceptions. The red kangaroo is the largest member of this family and can grow as high as 1.5m (5 ft) tall. Most member species of this family are highly social and generally display some form of group cohesion but with low levels of social organization.