They look like a deer crossed with a giant jack rabbit; with long, muscular tails and belly pouches, kangaroos are the world’s largest marsupial.

But despite their status as one of Australia’s most iconic wildlife species, kangaroos aren’t universally appreciated. Millions are slaughtered each year for their skins and meat; others fall victim to trophy hunters, the exotic animal trade or ranchers who see them as competition for forage.

kangaroo with a joey in her pouch
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Kangaroos need our help.

The four species of kangaroos (along with their smaller cousins the wallaroo and wallaby) are native only to Australia and the nearby island of New Guinea. Global warming is increasing the risk of devastating bushfires that lay waste to Australia’s wildlife and their habitats.

kangaroo in aftermath of wildfires
Devastating bushfires killed an estimated 1 billion animals in late 2019; rescuers from Humane Society International and HSI/Australia mobilized to help, rescuing injured animals, transporting them to local facilities for care and providing watering stations for any unseen survivors.
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Did you know?

Baby kangaroos (known as “joeys”) are born premature, after just 31-35 days, and complete their development while residing in their mothers’ pouch. At around nine months, they’ll start to emerge from that safe space and explore the outside world while still relying on mom for food and protection for many more months.

Dog tethered to a tree during Hurricane Florence flooding

We never know where disasters will strike or when animals may be in need of urgent rescue, but we know we must be ready. Your support makes our preparedness, rescue, care and relief work possible.

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