Type of animal science: Classification
Fields of study: Anatomy, conservation biology, ethology, physiology, reproduction science, wildlife ecology
Kangaroos, comprising six species, are the largest marsupials. They evolved as the major grazing animals in Australia. Alone among large vertebrates, they hop as their preferred form of locomotion.
Family: Macropodidae (kangaroos and wallabies) Genus and species: Macropus, with fourteen species including M. giganteus (eastern gray kangaroo), M. fuliginosus (western gray kangaroo), M. rufus (red kangaroo), M. robustus (wallaroo, four subspecies), M. bernardus (black wallaroo), M. antilopinus (antilopine kangaroo)
Geographical location: Australia
Gestational period: One month, followed by six to eleven months in marsupium
Life span: Twelve to eighteen years in the wild; twentyeight years in captivity
Special anatomy: Hops instead of running, by virtue of elastic legs and large tail for balance; gives birth to highly immature young that nurse and develop in a pouch
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