Awesome Facts About Kangaroos

Mar 11, 2021 ByAndrew Parker

Kangaroos are the most iconic Australian animals, but what do you know about them? Did you know they are some of the fastest animals in the world and can jump three times their own height at 44mh? These giant marsupials are actually some of the smartest and most impressive animals out there. Here are some facts you may not know about these adorable creatures.

There are more kangaroos in Australia than people

Many kangaroos on meadow

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Believe it or not, there are more kangaroos in the country than there are people, and this difference in population numbers keeps on growing. Back in 2011, the kangaroo population was around 34 million, while the country’s population that same year was only 22.34 million people. By 2016, government figures showed there were almost 45 million kangaroos – nearly double the country’s population.

Kangaroos can jump three times their own height

Kangaroo jumping on a sandy beach in Australia

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You probably know that kangaroos hop around on two legs, but did you know they can jump three times their own height at speeds of up to 44mph? They can also walk on all fours, but there’s one thing they can’t do: Kangaroos can’t walk backward.

Kangaroos can communicate with humans

Western Gray Giant Kangaroo on beach in Australia

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According to a study by the University of Roehampton, kangaroos have the cognitive ability to “talk” to humans just like our pets. Wondering how they would react to being given a closed box of food, researchers observed the behavior of eleven kangaroos. Ten out of those eleven marsupials used gazes to “talk” with the human and ask for help opening the box. This is such a high level of communication that is usually only seen in domesticated animals who have spent years near humans, which shows how smart they truly are.