The kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae (macropods, meaning "large foot"). In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, especially those of the genus Macropus: the red kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo, and western grey kangaroo. Kangaroos are endemic to Australia. The Australian government estimates that 34.3 million kangaroos lived within the commercial harvest areas of Australia in 2011, up from 25.1 million one year earlier.
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The red kangaroo is the largest marsupial in the world. I can't say enough about how cool these animals really are. Kangaroos usually live to about the age of six and are all native to Australia except the tree kangaroo (which you should also look up). They are social animals, like many college students, they like to be around their fellow "friends" which can be as many as 100 other kangaroos. I'm studying abroad in Gold Coast Australia next spring and have been going straight NERD for this stuff. Thanks for looking!
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