Introduction
Animal: Red Kangaroo
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Why This Animal?
I chose to research the red kangaroo. One reason for choosing this is becuase i like their feet and the way they use them to move. the have really long powerful feet that they use to propel themselves through the air. I think that it's really cool that kangaroos get to hop everywhere they go. another reason why i chose the red kangaroo is that they're marsupials. I think that its very interseting how they hold and take care of their young. Kangaroos are the largest marsupials which also makes them interesting. I like how that when theyre "adults", they are averaging at about the size of a human. I can't wait to research more of their behaviors. that's why I chose red kangaroos for my project

Food Web Of A Kangaroo

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Reasearch Area
Finally! I’ve arrived in Australia to study kangaroos in their natural habitats. Kangaroos live in almost all parts of Australia, but I’m going to be focusing on the ones living in the desert parts of Australia. When I arrived, it was hot! It was around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Lately I’ve found that in summer that temperatures usually stay around this area. Though every once and a while they will creep a little higher. During winter the temperatures usually range from 61 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit except during night where the temperature dips below freezing for a while. As for rain fall, there’s not that much of it. Droughts are a regular thing seen in Australia. But, this does not harm the kangaroos. These kangaroos can go almost three months without water as long as their food contains moisture. They will graze on dessert shrubs and grasses to consume moisture. I will probably have to stay up late many nights when my real research beigns because many of this species are partially nocturnal. So, they graze at night to avoid the harsh heat conditions. During the day, they will find shade under rocks or if they’re lucky, in caves, to keep their body temperatures normal. One interesting thing that I have noticed about kangaroos is their giant feet and long thick tails. These adaptations are used so that they can jump and move around. The way kangaroos move is also used keep them cool when they have to bear the rough conditions of the Australian dessert. This is all of the data I have collected so far from my studies in Australia. As soon as I learn more, I will journal again. Good bye for now!

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I'll be studying life in the orange area!




Kangaroo Observation journal

Day 1
I have just set up camp! I’m in the middle of the desert around 20 miles away from civilization. From prior research, I’ve learned that Kangaroos aren’t so people friendly. This is understandable though considering that some humans hunt them. Right now its night and I’ve completed my first day of observations. So far, I have nothing really to report. I’ve only spotted one kangaroo all day which is unusual because normally they travel in groups. I’m not even sure if it was a red kangaroo that i saw because it was too far away. I hope I’m not scaring this population. I know that I would never be able to approach the kangaroo, so I wait. My hopes are that eventually they will come to me. I’m going to give it about a week for them to approach me. If there’s still no sign of my marsupials, I will move on to a new area and search for them elsewhere. I will report back soon and hopefully I’ll have exciting things to say!

Day 3

I decide to stay up through the night to see if I can find any kangaroos grazing in the cooler temperatures. At first I wondered how the kangaroos got water in the harsh desert conditions, but then i came to the conclusion that they must absorb the moisture from the plants they eat. I sat near a desert shrub for a while. This tactic was very successful! A kangaroo came to me and I got to observe my first red kangaroo! I was so excited when I saw that first kangaroo because I knew that the rest of the mob must be close behind! Soon, as I predicted, more kangaroos followed the first one and they feasted. Although it was pretty dark out, I couldn’t help but be excited. Their hides were a dark red-brown color. Then it seemed that the ends of their body got lighter in color. The tail flowed from red to a crème-white color. This stands the same for their arms and legs. Then, on the Kangaroos face, I could see white colored markings around the nose. Their tails dragged on the ground, like a lifeless rope, helping them stay balanced. The way these creatures moved was fascinating. They moved like a high-power pogo stick. You could see the muscles in their legs and feet contract and relax with every hop. You wouldn’t believe how fast these big guys can move! Another thing that shocked me was their size. I heard that they were big, but these kangaroos were taller than I was! The tallest was taller than a full grown man. After they were done eating, they quickly moved on to find a nice place to rest. I can’t wait to learn more about this animal’s behavior!


Day 6

These past few days have been so exciting! Today I decided to walk around through today to see if I can find any sleeping kangaroos. This way I can learn more about them without them running away. Before I started exploring, I knew I had to take my shoes off. This makes it so that the animals won’t hear me approaching. I put my shoes in a pack along with a water bottle, granola bars, and pencils and paper. I wandered around the desert for a couple of hours and I already I was exhausted. The ground was much hotter then I expected. I sat down by a bush to drink from my water bottle, when suddenly I heard a strange noise. It was a mix between a grunt and a type of clicking noise. I peeked through the bush and there I saw 13 kangaroos laying in the shade of a nearby desert tree! I padded over to them on my silent feet, and, as carefully as I could, I gently sat on the ground and watched. Unluckily, I remembered that I forgot to bring my camera, so as I sat there, I pulled out my pencil and paper and began to draw these animals as accurately as I could. As I finished drawing, I realized that more than an hour had gone by so I quickly made my way back to my camp to report my findings


Day 8

I think the kangaroos are finaly becoming accostumed to my presence. For the past few days I’ve been hiking to the same area, and watching and observing the animals until they wake up. Yesterday, a male kangaroo came close enough to me that I could touch it. They awake at night and then they go off to graze. Today I tried to follow them and got to observe first hand how hard it is to keep up with a kangaroo. They were traveling so fast that I quickly fell behind. I cuaght up to them eventually and found them grazing ince again. They have a pretty routine schedule. They rest most of the day to avoid over heating. Then around dusk or through the night, or early morning is when they do all of their eating or moving. Today I remembered my camera and attempted to snap a few pictures of the animals. Luckily, they werent to camera shy. I got a good picture of them resting. Every day I notice something new about these creatures. I’ve noticed how their tales drag on the ground. I’ve noticed that when the lay down. They lay mostly on their sides. i’ve noticed that some of the females in the mob may be pregnant. Hopefully I will gain their trust even more.

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Day 10

I’ve decided to name some of the kangaroos I’m studying. I think I’m becoming attached to them. Today, one of the females, who I call Frieda, gave life to a joey today. It was amazing. I couldn’t believe how small the baby was! To honor the mother, I’ve decided to call the baby girl Frieda Jr. As it turns out, Female Kangaroos spend over half of their lives pregnant! So after I have learned this fact, I’m almost sure that this won’t be the first birth that I witness here.

Day 13

Today I witnessed my first fight. It was not a pretty thing. Two males, Joe and Mikey, had a fight. I assumed the fight was because of the rare watering hole the found. Only then did I discover that a Female kangaroo was standing not five feet away. Yep, that’s right; they were fighting over a female. They would kick their feet through the air until they made contact with each other. It seemed so horrible that they would hurt each other for that reason, but no one was really hurt. Turns out this kind of thing happens often. Mikey ended up winning the fight, but the only thing was hurt on Joe was his spirit. I tried not to be upset about it, but that night when I was lying down to sleep, images of the fight kept racing their way into my head. I'm just glad no one was hurt. Anyway the population of this mob seems to be getting slowly and steadily bigger. Only until I find the sad remains of a dingo attack. Dingo attacks happen most often when they sleep. Which is an example of a predator prey relationship. Or when a member of the mob will randomly disappear most likely due to hunting. The human and kangaroo relationship isn't so friendly. So although I'm discovering a lot of interesting and amazing things about the red kangaroo, I'm also discovering the not so glamorous life that comes along with everything else.

Day 15

Today was another interesting day. Kangaroos never seize to amaze me. Today was the first day that a joey came out of a pouch. The little guy was so adorable as he attempted to hop around. He was only out for a couple of minutes when he nuzzled his mothers pouch, letting her know he was ready to get back in. The whole mob just seems like one big happy family. They may fight at times, but everyone does right? You can tell that though they are animals, they do have emotions. They have come to accept me sitting and observing. The Kangaroos will come right up to me and sniff me. Frieda is my favorite. The red kangaroo species is more amazing then I ever imagined

Day 19

My days here observing are coming to an end. I’ll be leaving tomorrow afternoon. I’m beginning to feel really sad that soon I’ll have to leave behind all of my kangaroos. When I first started my work I was a stranger to the creatures, but now I feel like part of their family. I’m going to miss everything about them. I’m going to miss the noises they make, the way they move, and yes, I’m even going to miss their competitiveness. In a year I will come back to check on the mob and see how they are doing, good bye Australia!


One Year After Observations

I can’t believe how much my little mob of kangaroos has grown! When I first came here last year, there were 13 kangaroos, and now there are over 20! Frieda has been a big part of this. She is still alive and well and has given birth to many more children. While there are some familiar faces, and many new ones, I am proud of them. The mob has done a great job at staying away from human hunters to! Not much has changed since when I first came here, and yet I was so happy to see my kangaroos again!



This is a story about some of the limiting factors of the red kangaroo!

Fellow Researcher profile

The fellow researcher that I chose is actually a foundation. The foundation is called Sponsoroo. Sponsoroo has studied Red kangaroos up close and personal by raising them. They raised them like they where a loved family pet. The Sponsoroo program is highly against kangaroo hunting. That is one thing that interested me. People in Australia are murdering red kangaroos for no other reason than selfishness. The Sponsoroo program is trying to raise awareness of these harsh ways. The people from Sponsoroo find instances where kangaroos are brutally killed to make the truth easier to believe with proof. In one instance, they found a kangaroo dead near a fence. Not only was the female kangaroo killed for no reason, but the bones in her legs had been smashed and bent at awkward angles. In another instance, the found a female kangaroo dead with a joey, also dead, in the mothers pouch. I think this program is a great way to get involved and to help save red kangaroos.
Although some people say that kangaroos aren’t very nice, The Sponsoroo program raises kangaroos and not only gives them a better chance of eventually living in the wild, but gives them nice homes and friends. The owner of the Sponsoroo program used to put red collars in her kangaroos so that people would be aware that they weren’t just wild animals, but in the end, it didn’t matter. Many of their kangaroos were killed anyway. Once they even discovered that their neighbor had killed one of their kangaroos for dog food. The Sponsoroo program and I both care a lot about red kangaroos and their safety. Both of us believe that it is wrong to kill them, and both of us believe that there are ways to make this situation better.


Fellow Researcher Profile
As you can see below, I’ve decided to use a trip cam. I’ll be honest, the trip cam was not my first choice to monitor the kangaroos, but I am completely happy with the results. When the trip cam sensed heat, it snapped a picture of what ever had caused the heat sensor to act. I tried to set up the cameras in concealed areas throughout the perimeter of the area I was studying. Some of the cams performed greatly, others only snapped one or two good pics. I would check the cameras during the day when the kangaroos were least active. Then I’d collect the data and reset them until the next time I could check them! Below are some of the best pictures that the trip cams took.



This little guy got a little to close to the camera!
This little guy got a little to close to the camera!

Caught with Camera one.



This kangaroo was caught trying to catch up with the rest of his mob!
This kangaroo was caught trying to catch up with the rest of his mob!

Caught with camera two.


I couldn't believe it! It's like she knew where the camera was hidden!
I couldn't believe it! It's like she knew where the camera was hidden!

Caught with camera two.


A young one caught out in daylight
A young one caught out in daylight

Caught with camera one.


I never found out what this kangaroo was digging for!
I never found out what this kangaroo was digging for!

Caught with camera one.


I was lucky enough (or maybe unlucky enough) to catch these males boxing.
I was lucky enough (or maybe unlucky enough) to catch these males boxing.

Caught with camera 3



Aw, peace and rest at last!
Aw, peace and rest at last!

Caught with camera four.




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