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.
Genera in this family
Suffering ongoing extinction of colonies due to red foxes predation and introduced goats and sheep competing for resources
Home of the largest extant kangaroos
The only true arboreal kangaroos
Masters of stealth and agility, blending into their forest homes with ease
Foot stomping is not a sign of a tantrum throw; instead, it’s to warn others of nearby danger
The tiny, horny spur at the base of the tail gives genus members their common name
Its dense fur and dark coloration blend seamlessly into its swampy habitat, making it a true master of camouflage