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The Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo

  • Friday 20th May 2022
  • Tree Kangaroo, Conservation, Wildlife

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May 21st is World Tree Kangaroo Day. Here is all you need to know about these tree-dwellers. 

The Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo is a sub-species of the Tree Kangaroo. These cheeky, beautiful marsupials can be found 60 feet above ground level, in the trees of the Northern region of Queensland and Papua-New Guinea.

What makes them different from the ground-dwelling Kangaroos?

  • Tree Kangaroos are able to move their back legs independently from each other to help them climb the trees.
  • They have shorter limbs, sharper claws and special padding on their paws so they can climb on trees.
  • They are an endangered species.

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These chestnut-coloured Kangaroos are classified endangered by the IUCN Red list. There are multiple reasons these creatures are becoming so few with the main reason being habitat destruction through:

  • Logging
  • Mining
  • Palm oil plantations
  • Locals clearing the land for personal needs.

Hunting is also a big reason why these furry creatures are becoming endangered.

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What is being done to help the declining population of the Tree Kangaroo and what can you personally do?

  • One thing you can do is buy sustainable palm oil. Look for the check of approval when buying products that use palm oil.
  • Across Australia, conservation efforts are being done to help build back up the population, through breeding programs that our very own Kofi here at WILD LIFE Sydney is participating in.
  • Kofi is still quite young so once he is a little older and we find him a suitable female match, he will be a part of the program to build back once again, his population.

Want to come and see a Tree Kangaroo up close? Head on into WILD LIFE Sydney and say hello to our guy.

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