Meet our Mascot

We're excited to introduce you to ROOBY, the official mascot for the 2014 International Children's Games. ROOBY is a female kangaroo. Kangaroos are native to Australia and even appear on our Coat of Arms.

Our mascot Rooby is a female cartoon kangaroo. She has a green head, blue body and tail, yellow pouch, and red paws and hind legs.

Fun and amazing facts about kangaroos

  • Kangaroos can live up to 20 years old and keep growing for their entire life!
  • Tree kangaroos live in northeastern Australia, they sleep during the day in the trees but get down at night to graze.
  • The Western Gray Kangaroo has the nickname "the stinker" because it smells like curry.
  • Female kangaroos (like ROOBY) have pouches which their baby kangaroo - called a Joey - can live in for 10 months.
  • Kangaroos typically jump from 1 to 2 metres at a time, but at high speeds they can jump up to 13 metres in one bound! They can reach speeds of up to 50 km (30 mi) per hour.
  • The kangaroo's family name (Macropodidae in Latin) means "big feet," which they certainly have.
  • The Australian Red Kangaroo stands taller than a human and is the largest marsupial in the world.
  • When a kangaroo senses danger, it alerts others by loudly thumping its feet on the ground. Kangaroos also make grunting, coughing, hissing and clicking noises.
  • A group of kangaroos is called a ‘mob’, ‘troop’ or ‘court’.
  • Kangaroos have great hearing, and, like a cat, they can swivel their ears to catch tiny sounds.
  • Kangaroos can't walk backwards, but they are good swimmers.

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Richard Smith
General Secretary of the
International Children’s Games