CREATURE FEATURE: Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi buergersi) is one of two sub-species of tree-kangaroos, native to Papua New Guinea.

It is a macropod, and is related to kangaroos and wallabies.

It grows to 55-77 centimetres (22-30 inches).

The tree-kangaroos are arboreal, spending their lives in trees, unlike other kangaroos that are terrestrial (living on the ground).

Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroos are short and woolly with chestnut red fur, a brown face, yellowish cheeks and feet, a pale stomach, a long tail, and two golden stripes on its back.

Tree-Kangaroo

Good fellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

It is a good climber, wrapping its forelimbs around tree trunks. It can also slide down trees trunks. It can jump too, up to 30 feet (9 metres), even though its back legs are shorter than other ground kangaroos. Its feet are wider than ground kangaroos.

Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo feed on leaves of the Silkwood tree, as well as fruit, flowers, and grass. Therefore it is a ruminant herbivore.

Females are pregnant for 21-38 days. The babies, called joeys, live in the female’s pouch.

It can live to about 20 years.

It is on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of Endangered Species.

Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo

Good fellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

Tree-Kangaroo

Good fellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

Tree-Kangaroo

Good fellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

Tree-Kangaroo

Good fellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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