Diet of the Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo eating lunch
Red kangaroos eat grass, small plants and other vegetation, so they are called herbivores.

We would also be correct in calling them "vegetarians"!

Like cows, their fore stomachs are adapted to help digest cellulose-rich food. At the Milwaukee County Zoo, the Red Kangaroos are mostly fed a low-fiber diet of alphalfa sprout pellets. For a treat now & then, they are given fresh produce, such as fruits and vegetables, but not onions.

Kangaroos can go for long periods without water, as long as they have access to green plants. They are able to draw enough moisture out of their food to survive.
Looking for more fresh vegetation

We included several photos of Red Kangaroos enjoying some of the vegetation at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Thanks to our team member, Marcia, for taking all the color photos on this page.


Brief interview with one of the zoo-keepers in the Australia building, just after she had sent in an order for fresh produce. (She was locking up the building at the end of the day, so we didn't get her name, but she was very helpful.)

Information on Kangaroo Exhibit placards at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

All of the photos on this page were taken by our teammate, Marcia, in the Red Kangaroo exhibit at the Milwaukee County Zoo.