Goodfellow ’s Tree Kangaroo

Dendrolagus goodfellowi

The high life

The Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo is a skilled climber and can spring several metres from tree to tree. However, it is not capable of jumping when on the ground. It only visits the forest floor to drink and to mate, and occasionally to forage for food.

Charakteristics

  • Origin

    New Guinea

  • Habitat

    mountainous rainforests

  • Diet

    Leaves, fruits

  • Status

    endangered

  • Size

    Head-torso length from 55 to 75 cm
    Tail length from 65 to 80 cm

  • Weight

    approx. 6 to 9 kg

  • Gestation period

    45 days

  • Achievable age

    approx. 15 to 20 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

Pocket-sized

Babies are born after a gestation period of around 45 days. At this stage they are still foetus-like, just one or two grams in weight, and two centimetres in length. They stay in their mother’s pouch for eight to ten months and are independent at around one year.

 

Did you know?

Goodfellow’s tree kangaroos live at elevations of up to 2,860 metres.
They are hunted for their meat.

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