The kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae (macropods, meaning ‘large foot’). Kangaroos are endemic to Australia, although several types are also found in Papua New Guinea, such as the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolargus goodfellowi).
Kangaroos have large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head. Being a marsupial, female kangaroos have a pouch, in which joeys complete postnatal development. When born, a joey is very small, approximately the size of a jellybean. Immediately after birth, the tiny newborn joey climbs up through the mother’s fur until it reaches her pouch, which it enters and then attaches itself to a teat.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has a large walk-through paddock where a variety of kangaroos and wallabies laze, feeding on pellets hand-fed by our guests.