Kangaroo Care and Facts:
Average Lifespan: 20 years
Diet: Kangaroo/wallaby pellet diet, alfalfa and fresh grass.
Size at Adulthood: Adult males that are left intact, not neutered, get significantly larger than females. The length from head to its rump is 3.25 to 5.25 feet long. Its tail adds another 35.5 to 43.5 inches to its length and its entire body weighs around 200 lbs. Females are about half the size, and neutered males are in between those two sizes.
Minimum pen size: Kangaroos can be kept as indoor/outdoor animals. The should not be kept 100% indoors, you will need some sort of secured yard to let your kangaroos out most days. Fence height needs to be 4ft high.
What is a Kangaroo?
Kangaroos are the largest marsupials located in grasslands, plains, deserts, and forested areas in most of Australia. They are identified by their muscular tails, strong back legs, large feet, short fur and long, pointed ears. Like all marsupials, a sub-type of mammal, females have pouches that contain mammary glands, where their young live until they are old enough to emerge. They are herbivores which means they eat vegetation.
Kangaroos are very fun and love to hop around! Kangaroos are actually a little known great pet and animal to have at your park or home. They are gentle enough with kids and do not produce a fowl odor . In my opinion they are easy keepers, poops is small balls like bunnies and babies will live a majority of their lives in a purse-like pouch. They are extremely outgoing and love attention. They are extremely affectionate and loving pets if cared for properly and acquired at the right age. Each Kangaroo will develop their own specific personalities and quirks but generally they are a fun pet. They spend most of the day exploring and eating. Being outdoors is great for them because they have more things "to do". They should always be in an fenced in area outside.
Do they bite?
My answer to this question is simple, anything with teeth can bite. Anything handled from a young age and generally domesticated and treated as a pet more than likely will not bite. They can lean back on their tails and hind feet to "box" and use their claws to scratch and teeth to bite.
Costs for a Kangaroo:
*Fencing and Enclosure….......………$400-$4000
*Food (monthly cost)……………………$45
*Misc. toys & accessories……………..$50-$200
Remember to locate a vet experienced with exotics and that is willing to see your baby BEFORE you get your baby. Before the big day, schedule an appointment for your baby be seen within the first few days. Have your vet give a general examination and let them get familiar with you and your baby in case of an emergency or routine visits in the future. You should take your baby in yearly for annual checkups.
How much time does a Kangaroo require?
The first few weeks it is critical to spend as much time as possible with your baby so your baby gets familiar with you. Feed it by hand, spend time playing and relaxing. Once your baby is familiar with you, he will be much easier to work with once he reaches adult age.
Red Kangaroo Diet:
As babies they are on a strict diet of specialized formula, with special made nipples- if you get a baby from us we do provide you with the products and samples at pickup. Adults are very simple and should be given Mazuri Kangaroo pellets, hay and access to the dirt and grass daily.
Kangaroos need space to run around, like a dog. The best living situation for a pet would be access to a large fully fenced yard with a good shelter or indoor privileges. Kangaroos can live outdoors in mild climates, but will need significant shelters in the cold.